GigaOM Chrome Show: New hardware hints and a Skype on the web letdown

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This week’s Chrome(s goog) podcast kicks off with news that Google is testing Chrome OS on Intel’s(s intc) fourth-generation chips, which aren’t due out until June. That opens the possibility for more high-end Chromebooks that will have much better battery life. Chris shares his experiences with Chrome OS so far and we answer a few listener questions including one about rolling back to prior software versions.

We have three tips for Chrome OS users while this week’s showcase extension is for the Chrome browser on Windows(s msft) and Mac(s aapl) computers. Plus: more about that Skype version for the web you might have heard about.

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Hosts: Chris Albrecht and Kevin C. Tofel

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paul messier

Kevin have you or anyone you know had any success installing chrome os to USB flash drive? Some YouTube videos but not much commentary about problems or what was inoperative.

Kevin C. Tofel

I haven’t seen any success there Paul. You can install builds of Chromium or environments very similar to Chrome OS, but not the official Google-supported Chrome OS.

I used to run the Hexxah builds on a netbook, but not off the USB drive; I just installed them outright. I’ll dig around some more and report back with a post if I find a way to truly run Chrome OS off a USB, but I’m very doubtful.

chrsoz

Have Skype/Microsoft actually said that Skype through Outlook.com definitely won’t work on Chrome OS/Chromebooks?

I’m in the UK and whilst I can get Skype through Outlook.com when I’m on a Windows machine using Chrome, if I go onto Outlook.com using the same account on my Chromebook (Pixel) then Skype isn’t shown as an option (Facebook Friends and Google Contacts are given as “Messaging” options though). I’ve verified this on multiple Outlook/Hotmail accounts.

So definitely seems that there’s no support for Skype in Outlook.com on Chrome OS. But I’ve seen nothing definitive on this (and the original Skype blog post said nothing about support relating to different OS’ http://blogs.skype.com/2013/04/29/type-less-talk-more-make-skype-calls-directly-from-your-outlook-com-inbox/).

Btw, loving your Chrome OS coverage guys.

PS Add Google as a log-in option on comments please!

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