Multi-monitor support added to Chrome OS dev update

Google has been making a big marketing push lately for its Chromebooks, made by companies such as Samsung and Acer. We noted that the company launched a temporary exhibit of the Chrome OS-based notebooks in Times Square, similar to what Microsoft did for its Windows 8 launch last month.

One thing that the Chrome OS has not been able to do is allow a Chromebook to extend its main screen to another monitor. That is thankfully no longer the case, as MaximumPC.com reports Google finally added multi-monitor support for Chrome OS devices that in a recent developer update. The update includes the Chromebox desktop PC that's also made by Samsung.

Additional improvements and features are also included in the update, such as what Google is calling "Intelligent Window positioning." In an explanation of the feature. Google states, "if you don't manually move your windows, we will arrange them to show you more at all times." Another addition in the update is a new version of Pepper Flash, the sandboxed version of Adobe's Flash Player.

While this new software upgrade is only available via the Chrome OS dev channel for now, Google will likely release these and other new features as an official Chrome OS update to Chromebook and Chromebox owners in the very near future.

Source: MaximumPC.com | Image via Gooogle

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I tried the Chrome OS in a VM, and it was alright. I could live with it, although I'd prefer the power and flexibility of Windows.

Lol...the chrome os is just....meh.
Honestly, who in their right mind would recommend getting a chrome notebook over a windows or apple machine?

Sure, they're cheap, you can't deny that, but....it's just not a reliable concept.

aviator189 said,
Lol...the chrome os is just....meh.
Honestly, who in their right mind would recommend getting a chrome notebook over a windows or apple machine?

People who mostly use their computer for internet access (email, Facebook, YouTube, online shopping, etc.) and have little need for a 'full' OS.

Cute James said,

People who mostly use their computer for internet access (email, Facebook, YouTube, online shopping, etc.) and have little need for a 'full' OS.

isn't that what the ipad is for???

SharpGreen said,

Didn't know an iPad had a built-in mouse or a built in physical keyboard.


Isn't that what the Surface RT is for?

Enron said,
So now I can see ads on both screens!

Umm.. There are no ads on ChromeOS. Yes there are ads on websites but it would be no different than if you had gone to the site on your tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

I expect Chrome OS to retake crown from Windows OS by 2020. Samsung Chromebook are out of stock. Reviewers say Chromebook is better than Win 7 or 8 notebooks. Is this end of world for Microsoft?

calimike said,
I expect Chrome OS to retake crown from Windows OS by 2020. Samsung Chromebook are out of stock. Reviewers say Chromebook is better than Win 7 or 8 notebooks. Is this end of world for Microsoft?

Not gonna happen, Windows will always retain a larger marketshare.

calimike said,
I expect Chrome OS to retake crown from Windows OS by 2020. Samsung Chromebook are out of stock. Reviewers say Chromebook is better than Win 7 or 8 notebooks. Is this end of world for Microsoft?

I'm a supporter of the Chromebook concept but even I can't see that happening XD

calimike said,
I expect Chrome OS to retake crown from Windows OS by 2020. Samsung Chromebook are out of stock. Reviewers say Chromebook is better than Win 7 or 8 notebooks. Is this end of world for Microsoft?

For that price, it sure makes a good companion device but for real productivity Windows scores better on all fronts, aside battery life. Windows is too advanced and too mature to be taken over by an OS that only runs web apps. That's my view on it.

Jarrichvdv said,

For that price, it sure makes a good companion device but for real productivity Windows scores better on all fronts, aside battery life. Windows is too advanced and too mature to be taken over by an OS that only runs web apps. That's my view on it.

For a companion device, I'd personally rather have the limited WinRT I'm not to fond off.
And with me, I'm sure people rather have a matured OS rather then the bugfest OS's Google produces.

calimike said,
I expect Chrome OS to retake crown from Windows OS by 2020. Samsung Chromebook are out of stock. Reviewers say Chromebook is better than Win 7 or 8 notebooks. Is this end of world for Microsoft?

Surface sold out, and people claimed that Microsoft only made 5 of them. But Chrome book sells out, and it means that it is taking over.

Reviews from the bigger sites (engadget, zdnet, verge, etc.) do not review it better than Windows, in fact, one of them wrote in the first sentence "it is no Windows."

People have called products from Microsoft a failure because the prices have been lowered. Chromebooks prices have been dropped time after time, so it must be a failure, too.

And then there is the standard that people like to apply to Windows Phone, Surface, Zune, etc. - I have never seen anybody with a Chrome book, so therefore it must be a failure.

People have claimed that WinRT will be a failure because it does not run all the desktop software people are used to, but here we have a device that does not run any of the software that people are used to on the desktop, except for a web browser, but that is not a problem for Chrome book?

Look, we know, some want Microsoft to fail. People laugh when somebody says that WinRT will kill the iPad, a device that sells less that 20 million. But to claim that Chrome book, a device that sold tens of thousands in the first version is going to overtake an OS that has quite literally sold well over a billion copies (XP, Vista, Win7)? Either your comment was sarcasm, or you are quite delusional.

calimike said,
I expect Chrome OS to retake crown from Windows OS by 2020. Samsung Chromebook are out of stock. Reviewers say Chromebook is better than Win 7 or 8 notebooks. Is this end of world for Microsoft?

Lol Android has a better chance of taking home the OS crown in 2020 away from Microsoft - Chrome OS I just don't see it catching on. At best, it'll probably merge in with AOSP eventually.