Multi-user support on Android tablets was big news. On Chrome OS, it will not be. Because it is feature that every operating system on a desktop or laptop computer must have. All the other desktop operating systems have it. It is finally Chrome OS’ turn.
Chrome OS will soon get the option to switch users without logging the current user out. Just like your Windows PC or the Mac.
Currently, if you want to let a friend of family member to login to your Chromebook, you must log off from your account and then let them login using their account or the guest mode. But when this feature is ready, you can let them use the Chromebook without completely logging off from your account.
Here is what I found on the Chromium code base.
Issue 14139003: Chrome OS multi-profiles backend and UI.
Chrome OS multi-profiles backend and UI.
* Tray – launch login UI for multi-profiles
* UserManager: GetLoggedInUsers(), SwitchActiveUser(),
add GetActiveUser() which will later replace GetLoggedInUser()
* Login UI: support “sign in to add” mode
* Pass chromeos::User* in details for
* Add NOTIFICATION_ACTIVE_USER_CHANGED (only when switching users for now)
* Initialize BrowserPolicyConnector only for primary user
* Redirect logging only once
* OAuth2LoginManager tracks only last logged in user
This just shows that they are working on this feature. We might need to wait for some more time before this feature lands on our Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
Speaking of Chromebooks, I now own a Chromebook Series 5 550 3G!