May 11, Today at Google I/O, Google unveiled the Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer. "Chromebooks are made for people seeking uncompromising speed, simplicity and security, while providing features that'll delight the IT department, too. For businesses and schools, we're offering a subscription that includes the Chromebook, a web-based management console and 24/7 support from Google starting at $28 per month for businesses and $20 per month for schools," informs Google.
"At the core of each Chromebook is the Chrome web browser. They boot in just 8 seconds and thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don't need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you'll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date."
Chromebooks will be available online June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow in the coming months. In the U.S., Chromebooks will be available from Amazon and Best Buy and internationally from leading retailers.
Google also announced "Chromebooks for Business and Education". This service from Google includes Chromebooks and a cloud management console to remotely administer and manage users, devices, apps and policies. Also included is enterprise-level support, device warranties and replacements as well as regular hardware refreshes. Monthly subscriptions will start at $28/user for businesses and $20/user for schools.
"There're over 160 million active users of Chrome today. Chromebooks bring you all of Chrome's speed, simplicity and security without the headaches of operating systems designed 20 to 30 years ago."
Learn more about Chromebooks for Business and how pilot customers are using them.
You can also join us for a live webinar on Chromebooks for Business and Education on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9 AM Pacific Time. Register here.
[Source: Google blog]