Many of you are likely familiar with the Chrome web browser from Google, as it’s become hugely popular in the tech world, while Internet Explorer remains the front-runner among the average users. Chrome OS, however, is a bit different. While it’s thought of as an operating system that is just a web browser, it’s really more than that. There is a Windows-like desktop, along with a taskbar and system tray.
If you use Chrome as a browser then you may also know that different versions, known as channels, are available. On a typical computer you would handle this by visiting google and choosing which version of the browser you wish to download.
But, with Chrome OS, the web browser is a part of the operating system, meaning that it’s not a downloadable option. However, you can still choose the channel you wish to run. Here are a few simple steps to accomplish it.
Open the browser, if it isn’t already, and click the Tools menu (it’s the three lines at the top right of the window) and choose the option for “Settings”.
From the left column tap on “Help”. This opens a basic screen that shows the version information for the operating system, display the number, along with firmware and a few other tidbits, including the option to report a problem. From here, click “More Info”.
You’ll immediately notice an option titled “Channel”. Hit this and a box will pop up with options for the three available channels — Stable, Beta and Developer. Be warned that the latter is plainly listed as “unstable”, meaning you shouldn’t be surprised when you encounter the occasional problem
Most customers are likely going to want to stick with the default Stable channel, but the geeks out there will certainly wish to get a bit risky and try out the latest and greatest. Both Beta and Developer channels will give you a taste of what Google is working on for the future.