A release of the Chrome OS 107 operating system is available, based on the Linux kernel, the upstart system manager, the ebuild / portage assembly toolkit, open components and the Chrome 107 web browser. The Chrome OS user environment is limited to a web browser, and web applications are used instead of standard programs, however, Chrome OS includes a full multi-window interface, desktop and taskbar.
The source texts are distributed under the Apache 2.0 free license. Chrome OS build 107 is available for most current Chromebook models. Chrome OS Flex edition is offered for use on regular computers. Enthusiasts also form unofficial builds for regular computers with x86, x86_64 and ARM processors.
Key changes in Chrome OS 107:
Provided the ability to save and close a separate virtual desktop, with all associated application windows and browser tabs. In the future, you can restore the saved desktop with the reconstruction of the existing layout of windows on the screen. To save in overview mode, the “Save desk for later” button is proposed.
The “Close desk and windows” button has been added to overview mode to close all windows and tabs for the selected virtual desktop at once.
In the file manager, the filter of recently used files has been improved – the list is now divided into periods of time and the possibility of separate filtering of documents is provided.
A new screen lock mode has been added to the settings (Settings > Security and Privacy > Lock screen and sign-in > Lock when sleeping or lid is closed), blocking the session when the laptop lid is closed, but not leading to sleep mode, which is useful when necessary do not terminate established network connections such as SSH sessions.
Applications for drawing and handwriting notes (Canvas and Cursive) now support a dark theme.
The camera app offers a framing feature that automatically enlarges and aligns your face to the center of the frame when taking a selfie, making a video call, or joining a video conference. The function can be enabled in the quick settings block.
The Google Photos app has added video editing capabilities and create videos from a set of clips or photos using standard templates. The interface has been optimized for large screens. Improved integration with the photo gallery and file manager – to create a video, you can use images and videos taken with the built-in camera or saved to a local drive.
Added the ability to insert accent marks (for example, “è”) by holding down a key.
Redesigned settings for people with disabilities.
The virtual keyboard has improved handling of simultaneous touches, in which several keys are pressed at the same time.