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11 Nov 11 Chrome OS gets Windows friendly with NTFS support

Google has checked off yet another item on the list of things to do to make Chrome OS more usable by adding support for NTFS file systems in the latest stable update.

That’s excellent news if you use your Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, or Google’s own Cr-48 in tandem with a Windows system. If you got an external hard drive or flash drive (or a whole milk crate full of both) and you formatted them using Windows’ own NTFS, you can now plug them in to access photos, music, and videos on your Chromebook.

Many major Linux distributions ship with NTFS support from the get-go, and it was somewhat surprising to see Chrome OS (which is built atop Linux) launch without it. Better late than never, though, right?

Several other important changes were pushed as well, including support for the multimedia codecs needed to play back those music and video files. Video decoding performance has also been improved, so hopefully that Atom CPU won’t cause you any further grief if you fire up a clip. The Chrome OS connection manager has been tweaked and now gives users the option of setting preferred networks — handy if your list of SSIDs is getting a little on the lengthy side. The revamped new tab page has also arrived, bringing its app-friendly organizational magic to Chromebooks.

Google’s also using the new tab page to push Music and Games apps. They’ll appear by default, though some users (presumably those who live outside the United States) have reported that the pair haven’t appeared on their Chromebooks.  That’s a safe bet, since the Google Music service itself is still U.S. only.

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