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Nearly 300 devices are now certified to run Google’s ChromeOS Flex. | fizkes/Shutterstock

Google has widely launched ChromeOS Flex, a version of its Chromebook operating system that can keep older devices running and in circulation.

The cloud-based operating system works on PCs and Macs, including legacy devices. A Google blog post said users can now “experience modern computing at scale” on 295 certified devices.

“While we all should be enjoying the summer heat, it’s also a reminder that we need to take care of our planet,” the post said. “By installing ChromeOS Flex on your existing hardware, you’re not only getting a great experience, you’re also contributing to an important cause.”

ChromeOS Flex includes security features, uses 19% less power, prevents device slow-down over time and allows for deployment via USB or through a company network, according to the post.

“Whether you’re teaching a classroom of eager-to-learn students, ordering ice cream from a self-service kiosk or accessing a virtualized environment from the beach, ChromeOS Flex won’t slow down, give you headaches or surprise you with a blue screen of death,” the post said.

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