Category Archives: Operating Systems

ChromeOS Flex – a free Google operating system for older computers

Google released ChromeOS Flex, a free cloud-based secure operating system for older PCs and Macs in July 2022. Potential users should check if their device is on Google’s list of computers models that are certified to work with ChromeOS Flex. Documentation is available at chromeos.google/products/chromeos-flex/ and at the Chrome OS Flex Help site.

Windows 365 Cloud PC now available from Microsoft

Microsoft released Windows 365, a cloud-based PC service that runs Windows 10 or Windows 11, on August 2, 2021. This new service is based on Azure Virtual Desktop.  More information is available at these links:

 

 

Microsoft announces release of Windows 11

Microsoft announced the release of Windows 11 on June 24, 2021.  Windows 11 is set to be released on October 5, 2021.

Some of the changes include changes to the Microsoft Store and apps, as well as a new partnership with Amazon to bring their catalog of Android apps and games to Windows users.

Windows 11 will be available as an update to existing Windows 10 devices that meet its specifications. Windows 11 requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) chipMinimum hardware and Processor requirements for Windows 11 and other versions are also available.  These requirements apply to physical PCs and Virtual Machines (VMs).  Users can run a  PC Health Check app to see if their current PC is compatible to run Windows 11.

If Windows 11 is installed on devices that do not meet these requirements, security updates may not be available, and kernel mode crashes may occur more often.

Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 Home and Pro on October 14, 2025.  Windows 11 Home and Pro follows the Modern Lifecycle Policy.

More information can be found at microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11.