What’s New in Chrome OS 66?

At the end of April, Google pushed the new Chrome OS 66 update. The most important bit? Adding security measures so that all Chrome OS devices are protected against Meltdown attacks. Along with the beefed-up safeguarding, OS 66 has added quite a few display and Google Play features. Here are our favorites.

 

In addition to these can’t-miss features OS 66 adds more than a dozen updates. Here’s a quick overview of what else you’ll see with OS 66!

Display Features

  • New Chrome OS Keyboard Shortcut Helper
  • Ability to zoom up to 20x with Chrome OS magnifier
  • Ability to adjust full screen mag zoom level through pinch gesture
  • External Display Settings enhancements

Related: 13 Chrome Accessibility Tools You Probably Don’t Know About

Google Play Features

  • Add Google Play into first login Opt-in window
  • Google Play GDPR support
  • Google Play Maximized Window support improvements
  • Native printing support extended to Google Play applications: Need to print out a document from a Google Play app, like TurboTax or Evernote? Google’s made it easy by allowing native printing for Google Play apps, so you can print directly to compatible printers without a cloud connection. This is especially important if you use a printer without Google Cloud Print or have special privacy requirements.
  • Screen sharing support for Android apps installed via the Google Play Store

Related: What You Need to Know About Gmail’s 2018 Revamp

Additional Features

  • Enable Video Recording in Chrome Camera App: Previously, if you wanted to vlog or take a video with your Chrome device, you had to use a third-party app. With OS 66, you can directly record a video and save it to your Chromebook.
  • Automatically pass user credentials from Chrome OS login to network 802.1x authentication
  • Add Sync notice during initial sign-in
  • Extending more devices support for Magic Tether: Magic Tether lets Chrome devices automatically connect to an Android phone’s hotspot. While originally this only worked with Pixel and Nexus phones, OS 66 has upped the number of devices that will work with Magic Tether. While there’s no official word on which devices this will be, Promevo will update our blog as information is released.
  • Overview window animation improvements
  • Add Sync notice during initial sign-in

How are you liking OS 66? Are you loving the zoom features? Enjoying the native printing? Or disliking the new keyboard shortcuts?  Let us know in the comments!

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