Acer Chromebook

The stable channel of Chrome OS is being updated today with improved window management and a few much-wanted features. The first big change you'll notice after updating your Chromebook or Chromebox will be a new side dock that allows you to dock small windows to the screen edges. Also, you'll now have the option of using an onscreen keyboard, which will let you use your mouse or touchscreen for character input and device features (such as volume and brightness) without the physical keyboard.

Under the hood, Chrome OS version 34.0.1847.118 will turn Google Drive offline backup on by default after your first login, making sure you have everything backed up for those few times when you're without an internet connection. Additionally, there's now the option to use "sticky keys," which lets you perform keyboard shortcuts by hitting keys in a sequence rather than simultaneously.

The update is available for all Chrome OS devices, and will be rolling out over the next few days, though we've already received it on our Acer C720 Chromebook.

Source: Google Chrome Releases

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Since I don't want to mess around with the Beta or Developer builds, I'm glad the Stable build is being updated with some new features. Keep it up, Google!

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TomRubin says:

I've had my Chromebook for a bit more than a week and I'm pretty impressed with it so far.

cheidt76 says:

Same here! My wife got me the Toshiba Chromebook for my birthday, and I am finding myself more and more in love with it! Looking forward to getting this new update :)

TomRubin says:

I bought my wife the Acer C720, yesterday. She loves hers too.

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ki11ak3nn says:

My wife bought me the Toshiba Chromebook for our Anniversary 2 weeks ago. It's amazing. I love it.

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Glenuendo says:

Mine just updated also. Sweet!!!

Jonneh says:

Even more reason to look at the C720P I've been meaning to look at. :-)

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Zig261 says:

Good. Even more reason for my decision to pre-order the 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2.

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savdini says:

Word.. Good job Google! Why can't Android be this easy??

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drokssilva says:

Because android is open

Chrome os is closed sourced

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Actually Chrome OS is based on Linux

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No sir, it is completely open source, and thanks to that many techies made and make ChromiumOS releases regurarly with updates coming out, like Arnold The Bat and Hexxeh

Kenny_Strawn says:

Yup, definitely open source to me... In fact, in stark contrast to Android's development behind closed doors only to finally become open source WHEN devices get it, Chrome OS is open source FIRST, then proprietary code and logos are added.

dems86 says:

Waiting for Amazon to ship my 13.3 Chromebook 2 at the end of April, reasons to own a Chromebook keep growing.

rocket321 says:

On screen keyboard, is this the first step towards ChromeTabs?

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Think you're reading too much into it. Other desktop operating systems have had on-screen keyboards for a very long time.

MetalMike901 says:

Updated my C720 and didn't really notice many new features, but did notice a new Google Now notification center at the bottom. That's interesting!

As far as the window management feature, I can't seem to make it work. How does this function work/what does it do? You know, I love that Google is constantly pushing new features in all their products, but they do an absolutely terrible job of explaining or demonstrating what's new and how to use them. It's like, here you go, a bunch of new stuff to play with and figure out on your own, good luck! A little more explanation from Google would be highly beneficial! /rant

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Zig261 says:

That's what I hate so much and find frustrating . Google doesn't give the proper introduction to whatever updates they make. They need to simplify the learning curve and market it in an appealing way to get the word out. That's the only category Apple still has my admiration for.
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T-Wells says:

That's the problem though. Google's original philosophy was to make things so simple that users wouldn't need introductions or manuals. Somewhere along the line they got away from that.

Insp_Gadget says:

As far as I can tell, an example of using the new small window dock feature would be docking the Hangouts window to the side of the screen instead of at the bottom dock.

ACADM says:

Click the green Get Help? icon in the apps section it should explain everything in there.

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mtmerrick says:

New side dock for small apps? Running on the latest beta of ChromeOS and I have no idea what you're taking about