I have written a number of times about Chromebooks, the low-cost laptop computers that boot up quickly, are simple to use, never get viruses, and perform the computer tasks that many computer owners want. (Go to https://goo.gl/TsSWQ5 to find my earlier Chromebook articles.) These $150 to $300 laptop computers have become very popular. Now they may become even more popular than ever.
The developers of CrossOver, a utility that allows users to run Windows programs on Linux, have been working on an Android app that does the same thing, bringing Windows apps to the Android OS. Doing so allows Windows programs to run on Google’s new Android interface for Chromebooks. The official app hasn’t been released yet. However, the company has recently posted a video showing the Steam game client and Windows game Limbo running on an Acer Chromebook R11.
The software being developed only supports x86 processors, ruling out Chromebooks built on ARM architecture. Most Chromebooks are built with Intel processors, so as the rollout of the Play Store hits more laptops, the use for the software will continue to increase. It should be noted that not all Windows apps will play using the software, but this is something the developers hope to change in the future.
You can check out the software demo in the video below as well as on the CrossOver web site at https://goo.gl/RLd9EV.