Chrome OS 87 rolls out with new features


Chrome OS 87 started rolling out on Thursday after a brief delay. There are some usability enhancements in this release, which will be available in the coming days. The Chrome OS 87 was launched on November 17 this year.

Tab Groups a new feature will allow users to find what pages they have open across all windows. It will help people to manage better. To activate the feature one has to select the circular drop-down button in the top-right corner also accessible with Ctrl+Shift+A shows a list of everything open. It includes the favicon, page name, and domain, as well as an individual close button. This feature is first rolling out to Chromebooks before coming to desktop browsers.

The new Bluetooth feature will also be able to show you the battery levels of Bluetooth devices that you have connected to your computer (such as wireless headphones) in the Settings and Quick Settings menus. It will show a notification with the current level in the bottom-right corner of your screen upon connection.

Chrome OS 87 also adds 36 new backgrounds created by four different artists. Right-click on the desktop or shelf and select “Set wallpaper.”

“To explore the creative potential of Chromebooks, our team worked with Dutch artist Rick Berkelmans, who runs a design studio in the Netherlands and recently began exploring digital illustration on Chromebook. Rick used the built-in Chrome Canvas app with a stylus to design wallpapers just for Chromebooks, using a Chromebook,” Google said in its blog post.

Some other features include the updated Google Drive with the new saving update users can rename and select file and folder. Chrome OS devices will also support a new switch accessibility devices, also Google has updated the language settings making it easier for multilingual users to navigate.

The Alt+Tab window switcher now supports mouse, touch screen, and stylus input. Version 87 has made visual improvements while renaming Virtual Desks and Launcher folders.