At some point, all of our fancy new devices will be old and rundown. Warranties expire, hardware improves, and companies only support software or firmware updates for a limited time. To help you determine when your Chromebook will reach its end date, Google will be adding this information to the Chrome OS Settings menu shortly.
Open Settings to determine your Chromebook's expiration date when the feature starts Click "About Chrome OS"> "Additional Details" in the menu. The end date of support is listed under "Update Schedule".
Chrome is currently running OS version 78.0.3904.92, and we still do not see this feature live. However, a member of the XDA Developers Forum saw the feature in a Canarian version of Chrome OS, which means (hopefully) that it will soon be on the way.
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Here are some important notes about operating system updates and support life for just about any device or operating system:
- The lifetime of a device starts from the start date, so you do not have the full window of support if you have an older device to buy.
- The specific lifetime varies between devices and operating systems. However, Google generally supports Chrome OS devices 6.5 years after the release date. That is, companies can change these support windows at any time .
- You can still use a Chromebook – or indeed any device with any operating system – even after the support window has expired. You just do not get any more features or updates.
- There are occasional exceptions to these rules, especially when a serious security flaw that requires patching is detected, even if a device is no longer actively supported – the recent Windows 7 BlueKeep updates are a prime example .