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October 24, 2020
Google extends Chromebook OS updates to nine years on some models

Some Chromebooks will Receive OS Updates for Nearly a Decade — Here’s the First Two

Google is pushing its update limits much further out for some Chromebooks, giving them almost ten years worth of operating system updates…

There’s no question that Chromebooks differ quite a lot from their PC peers. One of the most notable is the absence of bloatware. That’s a huge plus to many consumers because most of those preinstalled programs have little to no use. But another distinction is the fact that Chromebooks have a predetermined lifetime. Most enjoy operating system updates for six years. (Though, Google has extended this by up to eight years.) Now, the tech giant is upping its support to nine years of guaranteed OS updates.

Google Extends Chromebook OS Updates to 9 Years on Some Models

Google has revised its support page for Chrome OS updates to list two new models that will receive new builds until June 2029, which is a tad shy of nine years from now. The two first to enjoy this extended life are the HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise and the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Enterprise. This makes them the first to be guaranteed almost a decade of support.

Although Google’s end-of-life strategy has been panned, it’s understandable, given how much more powerful operating systems become over time. Since machines are basically stuck with the same hardware, it makes it very difficult to power bigger programs. Not to mention the fact that most people won’t hold onto a device for too many years before upgrading.

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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