Wow, I stand corrected. While it isn’t an emulator, since that term generally refers to emulating an entire OS so that applications don’t know they’re on an alien platform, it’s still an impressive job of emulation. Since they’re not faking the OS, there will be lots of subtle technical details that won’t work with certain apps, especially those which seriously exploit the hardware, or which make “end-runs” around the OS to achieve good performance. One reason it runs with Steam apps is that Steam itself was designed from the beginning to be cross-platform, so it’s already handling those tech details itself – for Steam-powered games.
One caveat would be that since Chromebooks often are very light on hardware resources (cpu speed, RAM, storage), probably the heavyweight apps like Photoshop won’t be very satisfying, if they can run at all. But for a program designed to be slim and quick, like AS, it could be an easy fit. That would be great for writers, since Chromebooks with very nice displays and keyboards are getting quite inexpensive.
The primary caveat, from what they said on their site, would be to make sure the Chromebook uses an Intel cpu. And of course, to confirm that AS does run on it, now or when the Chrome version of CrossOver is out of beta testing.
This is a great find. Thanks for posting.