Google apparently drops plans to allow dual-booting Chromebooks

Jonny Caldwell

It seems Google is throwing in the towel on the development of their Project Campfire. The feature would have been similar to Apple’s Boot Camp that can be seen in Macs, and could have allowed users to run Windows 10 on their Chromebooks.

Spotted by About Chromebooks (via Windows Central), Google seems to have marked the feature as deprecated in the Chromium comments, and has removed some additional code from the project. According to About Chromebooks, Google stopped contributing to the project after the majority of work it had invested between September and December of last year.

Google’s decision to end the project might be due to the generally low specifications of nearly all Chromebooks that exist today. For example, Windows requires at least 40 GB of space, yet it is rare to find a Chromebook that comes with more than 128 GB.

On the bright side, many users get most of their work done with Android apps, and a few devices such as the Google Pixelbook will even allow the installation and running of Linux apps, albeit with a few technical limitations.

For now, it seem the best solution for those who need to use Windows applications on their Chromebooks will have to use a remote desktop client to access their desktops or cloud VMs, or just learn to make due without.