Google rolls out Chrome OS 83 with tab groups in the browser, virtual desk naming, and more

Google rolls out Chrome OS 83 with tab groups in the browser, virtual desk naming, and more

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting adjusted work schedules of its employees, Google had to temporarily pause Chrome and Chrome OS updates earlier this year in March. While the updates resumed shortly thereafter, the company announced an updated schedule for future releases with a couple of significant changes. As per the new update schedule, Google rolled out Chrome OS 81 early in April this year bringing Android-like gesture navigation and touch-friendly browser tabs for touch screen Chromebooks. The company then skipped the Chrome OS 82 update altogether and it’s now rolling out Chrome OS 83, which includes all the work that went into the Chrome OS 82 release and more.

According to a recent post from the company, the latest update brings a minor change to the Virtual Desk feature that was initially released on Chrome OS 76. The new feature will let you rename your Virtual Desks, which is expected to help you better organize your Chromebook. To rename your virtual desks, you’ll have to click on the desk name on the Overview screen and then enter any name of your choice. The update also brings the tab grouping feature that was first seen in Chrome browser version 83, which will let you group browser tabs together and label name with a custom name and color with just a right-click.

Along with the aforementioned organization features, Chrome OS 83 also includes a new ‘Show Password’ icon that will let you view your password/pin during login, the ability to control media sessions with the Google Assistant, and new Google for Families features that will let you approve your child’s Chrome Web Store extensions and apps, add a school account, and set Play Store app time limits. The update has already started rolling out to eligible Chrome OS devices starting today and should roll out to all users over the coming days.

Source: Chromebook Help