By Martin Brinkmann on February 10, 2013 - ghacks
If you are thinking about getting one of those cheap – as in price – Chromebook’s you have heard about but do not really know if they provide you with all the functionality you need from a computer system, you have now the chance to take Google’s Chrome OS, the operating system powering the devices, for a test drive.
All you need for that is the latest Google Chrome Canary version, the more than cutting edge version of the Chrome browser. Once you have installed the version on your operating system, supported are Windows XP to Windows 8, and Mac OS X, you can start the Chrome OS window with a click on the settings button and the selection of Open Ash desktop or the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-A.
Note that it will load in a new window that is more or less black to begin with. You get a selection of app shortcuts at the bottom that you can start to launch services such as Gmail, YouTube or Google Search. These services open in a window on the screen that you can move around or resize. All windows that you can spawn here look more or less like Google Chrome, with the different that you get maximize and close buttons for each window individually here as well.http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/10/test-googles-chrome-os-on-windows/