Chromebooks gain faff-free access to Windows file shares sans Samba | 9/12/2018 | Staff
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Google’s Chrome OS tanks crept a little further along Microsoft’s manicured Enterprise lawns with hints that Windows file share support will arrive out-of-the-box in an upcoming version of Chrome OS.

Those brave enough to be on the Canary version of Chrome 70 already have the functionality, assuming the preview software stays upright long enough to connect.

Veteran - Windows - Blogger - Paul - Thurrott

Veteran Windows blogger, Paul Thurrott, spotted a posting on Google+ by "Chromium Evangelist" François Beaufort indicating that the functionality was inbound. In the post, Beaufort linked to a Chromium code commit with the text: "Set NativeSmb flag to enabled by default - Network File Shares for ChromeOS will be available by default starting in M70".

The new functionality allows users to link a folder via a simple URL in the format smb://machine address/share, which can then be browsed. In the past, users had to fiddle...
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