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June 7, 2019

[Update: Now in Dev Channel] Virtual desktops (finally) arrive in Chrome OS via Canary Channel

Update 1: 2019/06/07 12:13pm PDT

The feature has been spotted migrating into the latest Dev Channel (version 76.0.3809.6), and we have confirmed it’s present in the current Dev build for the Pixelbook. You’ll need to

“Virtual Desks,” which is Google’s name for the more generic term “virtual desktops” (or the greatest thing ever) have been spotted in Chrome OS 77 in the current Canary Channel. We previously anticipated their arrival to the platform when a Chromium Gerrit commit indicated it would be coming eventually, but [...]

 
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June 3, 2019

Virtual desktops (finally) arrive in Chrome OS via Canary Channel

“Virtual Desks,” or virtual desktops (or the greatest thing ever) have been spotted in Chrome OS 77 in the current Canary Channel. We previously anticipated their arrival to the platform when a Chromium Gerrit commit indicated it would be coming eventually, but now it’s actually here and working as of the latest Canary builds. Our friend Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks spotted the feature when it hit, and put together a good video demonstrating it live on real hardware:

Via About Chromebooks.

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June 2, 2019

Chromebook volume buttons will finally match device screen orientation

One annoying quirk with 2-in-1 Chromebooks (and Chrome OS tablets) has been with how volume controls work. The volume up/down buttons always stay in the same position, even if you flip the device around — for example, when I used to have my Asus C302 in tablet mode, pressing where the volume up button should be actually turned the sound level down. Thankfully, this papercut is close to going away forever.

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Chromebook volume buttons will finally match device screen orientation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

 
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May 16, 2019

Chrome OS 76 fixes the biggest problem with notifications on Chromebooks: the ‘clear all’ button

Chrome OS has come a long way from the days of the CR-48, but it still has a few basic usability problems, and among them is notification management. Chromebooks can show Android app and native notifications together, but clearing those notifications is a pain since the button is hidden. According to Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks, the button is now visible at the top of the notification area in the current Chrome OS 76 Canary builds.

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Chrome OS 76 fixes the biggest problem with notifications on Chromebooks: the ‘clear all’ button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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