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How Google's supercharged Chromebook Files app will blend offline with online

Chris Hoffman | Jan. 29, 2015
Google's rethinking the way it approaches files--both online and offline--with upcoming changes to the Chrome OS Files app.

This is useful if you'd like to get rid of that local media and dump everything online for easy multi-device access--or if you just want to back up those local files to the cloud.

Chrome OS already has similar features for photos, of course. When you connect an SD card with photos from a digital camera on it, the Google+ Photos app can automatically upload them to your Google+ Photos storage. Other apps could hook into Chrome OS in the same way, uploading your photos to a different service of your choice.

Linux geeks are happy, too
It's clear that Chrome OS's Files app is getting more powerful. Even Linux users should still be happy with it. Back in October 2014, the Linux user community was in an uproar after Google decided to remove support for ext2, ext3, and ext4 file systems from the Files app. After Linux users demonstrated how much they wanted this feature, the Chrome OS developers restored it.

In spite of all the modern changes focused on cloud storage, you can still connect a drive formatted with the most common Linux file systems to your Chromebook and get at those files. It may be a bit 1990, but it's useful.


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