Chrome OS will be on sale for a limited time to developers on Google’s Android platform.
The announcement was made by Microsoft at the company’s annual developer conference, CodeCon, on Monday, and it’s an ambitious move by the Redmond giant.
Google already sells the Chromium browser for Android devices, and the Chrome OS operating system is the companys own alternative to the Windows operating system.
But Microsoft said that Chrome OS would be available on both Android and Windows platforms, and that it would offer developer tools and applications.
Developers will be able to download the software and run it on their own devices, as long as they have the latest versions of the Chromebox browser.
Microsoft’s Chromebot will run on any Android device with at least a 4.3-inch display.
It will also be available for the Windows platform, though that platform will be limited to “the most popular Windows 10 devices,” according to a company blog post.
The company said the Chromecast, an inexpensive streaming device, would be on offer, though Microsoft hasn’t yet said whether it plans to launch the product on its own hardware.
Microsoft said it would also provide developers with APIs to build Chrome extensions.
Google’s own browser extensions are built with the same platform, so they should work well on Chrome OS.
Microsoft also unveiled its own streaming-device software called Chromecast Direct.
The product, which lets users stream a video or audio program to a TV, was originally unveiled at the developer conference in November, but the software is now available for download.
It lets you send a video from your smartphone or tablet to your TV.
You can also play the video on your computer or Mac, as well as on a PC or Xbox One.
Microsoft says that it will launch Chromecast directly to developers, and said that its software will work with both Android- and Windows-based devices.