chrome os tour
An all-new first-run tour is included in the update

Google has announced the stable release of Chrome OS 33, an update bringing new features, fixes and security updates to Chromebook and Chromebox owners. 

Among the changes is support for the playback of ‘content protected’ — DRM to you and me — HD video on Chromebooks with ARM processors.

Following this update, new users will be also greeted by an all-new interactive tour of the Chrome OS desktop. Overlay items point out key parts of the interface, including the App Launcher and System Tray, with the option to ‘explore further’ presented at the end.

It’s now possible to search for contacts through the App Launcher, with buttons to start a hangout conversation or compose an e-mail listed beside them. This feature was previously available behind a flag but is now enabled by default.

Contact Search in Chrome OS

Anyone who uses Google Drive frequently will be pleased to learn that Chrome OS 33 supports ‘true offline’ support, such as the creation and deletion of folders with no connection, and the renaming of files pinned offline.

Notable New Features/Changes In Brief:

  • Folders can be created, renamed and deleted in Google Drive offline mode
  • Files in Google Drive can be renamed in offline mode
  • Contact search now enabled in App Launcher
  • Admins can set/allow avatar for public sessions
  • Content Protected videos in HD supported on ARM devices
  • New first-run tour 

Chrome OS 33.0.1750.124 is being pushed out to all Chrome OS devices except the Samsung Chromebook. Expect to see an update prompt in the next 24 hours or so.

Quick tip: To force-check for an update in Chrome or Chrome OS go to ‘chrome://chrome’ in the URL bar. 

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