Chrome OS is now adding a mainstream feature which other computers lineup have had for years, it is the virtual desktops. The latest version of OS is rolling out to Chromebooks and it comes with a lot of new features than usual. According to the Android police, with this virtual desktops, you’ll be able to switch between up to four different desktops with their own window layouts.
You could have a writing-focused space that revolves around Google Docs, for example, and another space that helps you keep up on your social networks. The newly released Chrome OS 76 was in talks for quite a while, Google was working on an OS release notes web app, which would be tailored to your specific Chromebook. The company has now launched the simple web app, installable on the Chrome operating system under the name ‘What’s New.’
The update also brings easier media controls which include centralized control in the system menu. And if accessibility is an issue, an Automatic Clicks option can activate whatever’s under your pointer if you have difficulty with button presses. When you swipe up to see all windows in an overview mode, you will see a new button in the upper right corner labeled “New Desk,” that will create a new space where you can drag windows.
It is not so different from how Apple does it in Mission Control on the Mac, you could then use a four-finger swipe to switch between them. It’s kind of a weird that google didn’t mention this OS update in its blog post, instead, they put a spotlight on other things. Like “automatic clicks” an accessibility feature that allows you to trigger a mouse click by hovering the pointer over a specific object.
They are adding better media controls, the new controls should do a better job of managing sound inside tabs and you can also find an overview of all tabs making noise in the system menu. Furthermore, it has improved Google account management for Chrome OS as well. There are few other things which they haven’t mentioned, documented well by Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks.
The other best thing might be the ability to send a URL from Chrome OS to your phone. Google is also finally ending support for Flash and making it easier to see when a webpage can be installed as a progressive web app. On a whole, this is a stable version of Chrome OS 76, that most people should use but lots of people often use the beta version, so some of the features might not be new to you.
As far as operating systems updates are concerned these days, it does not become available to everyone all at once, you have to wait to get your hand on them.