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Monday, May 23, 2011

Are Google Chromebooks for Real?

Google is getting ready to take on Microsoft and Apple Head on, with the introduction of their new Google Chromebooks in Mid June.

The Chromebook offering from Google for Business and Education includes the hardware, operating system, updates and cloud-based management - plus complete support directly from Google. (not sure support from Google is supposed to be a plus or a minus?)

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a mobile device designed specifically for people who live on the web. With a comfortable full-sized keyboard, large display and clickable trackpad, all-day battery life, light weight, and built-in ability to connect to Wi-Fi and mobile broadband networks, Chromebooks are ideal for anytime, anywhere access to the web. According to Google, they provide a faster, safer, more secure online experience for people who live on the web, without all the time-consuming, often confusing, high level of maintenance required by typical computers.

you won't really buy the Chromebook, but rather you will subscribe to it, starting around 28 bucks for businesses and 20 bucks per system for Schools.

How to get your Chromebooks

Starting today, businesses and schools can contact Google regarding Chromebooks for Business and Education. This hardware and software as a service includes the Chromebooks themselves, a web-based management console to remotely manage users, applications and policies, full enterprise support, device warranties and replacements and regular hardware refreshes. Initially Chromebook subscriptions will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain, and we’ll be bringing them to other countries soon.

Learn more about Chromebooks for Business and how pilot customers are using them.

So will this be another failed attempt for Google to get into the hardware arena? (though Acer and Samsung are providing the actual hardware for the 1st Chrombooks), Or Will this be a technology landscape game changer like the iPad, iPhone and Droid smartphones?


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