Google and Lenovo introduce a new Chromebook built for specifically for schools.–the new Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook — comes with rugged design and specialized features like a rubber bumper around the top cover, stronger corners, reinforced hinges and hinge brackets.
Google notes, that more than 1,000 schools are using Chromebooks, transforming today’s classrooms. “Schools can add management and support from Google for a one-time cost of $30 per device.”
The ThinkPad X131e combines hassle-free experience of Chrome OS with built-in security and automatic updates, powered by a latest-generation Intel processor, a high definition (HD) LED anti-glare screen, battery lasting up to 6.5 hours,
Additionally, Chromebook lets easily share among multiple students with Google Apps for Education, and it includes over a thousand web-based educational apps from the Chrome Web Store.
“Chromebooks can be managed and deployed centrally through the Chrome management console so schools can easily setup and manage users, apps, and policies across an entire school or district,” google adds.
The new Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is available for $429 in the United States starting on February 26, 2013.
In other Google Apps releated news, “Export Google Docs, Sheets and Slides format files to Office Open XML formats” is now available to domains.
Back in September, Google added the ability to export Google documents to the newer Microsoft Office formats that rely on open standards (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx).
To continue adding new features and innovations to Google Drive and Docs, “we’ll be focusing our resources on exporting to these newer open formats rather than the older, proprietary Office formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt) that were used in Office 97-2003,” Google stated.
Also, note that after January 31, 2013, “users will not be able to export files to the older Office 97-2003 formats.”
For users those still use Office 97-2003, Google recommend installing the free compatibility plugin from Microsoft, which will allow them to open the modern Office file types.
Also, as on January 17, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education admininstrators can define ,Google Vault retention rules for specific organizational units.
“This new feature will give administrators more granular control over retention rules, which control how long certain email messages are preserved before they are deleted permanently,” Google wrote.
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