Starting this fall, Google Photos will feature a new and more advanced built-in video editor, and it will debut first on Chromebooks. Although definitely not on the same level as professional movie makers, the feature will still allow users to mix videos, photos, and music without breaking a sweat. And for those who do need more advanced video editing powers, LumaFusion is coming to Chromebooks (and Android) soon as well.
For less artistic endeavors, Google is teasing upcoming updates to preinstalled apps on Chromebooks that can help make users more productive, no matter their walk in life. The association might be a bit confusing at first, but the Gallery will soon have a more capable PDF viewer that will let users edit the document, fill out forms, make annotations, or even sign contracts without having to install another app. Teachers and presenters will also be able to use the Screencast app to record and share transcribed videos, taking some of the pain out of virtual classes and meetings. There is also the young Cursive app that will let you take handwritten notes, provided your Chromebook supports a stylus, of course.
Google is also reminding users of upcoming features that were announced before. They might sound insignificant, but the ability to choose a dark theme, organize your windows into virtual desktops, and see your schedule at a glance, go a long way in being more productive when using a Chromebook. More importantly, these features further narrow the gap with Windows and Mac, helping Chrome OS finally get the recognition as a serious work OS that it deserves.