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Google To Announce Chrome Laptops-$20/Month
Marcia




msg:4310742
 12:46 pm on May 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Google tomorrow will announce sales of the new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month “student package” that combines both hardware and online services, according to a senior Google executive.

[blogs.forbes.com ]

 

engine




msg:4311265
 12:00 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Google Launches Chromebooks [googleblog.blogspot.com]
Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. 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.

At the core of each Chromebook is the Chrome web browser. The web has millions of applications and billions of users. Trying a new application or sharing it with friends is as easy as clicking a link. A world of information can be searched instantly and developers can embed and mash-up applications to create new products and services. The web is on just about every computing device made, from phones to TVs, and has the broadest reach of any platform. With HTML5 and other open standards, web applications will soon be able to do anything traditional applications can do, and more.

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.


weeks




msg:4311285
 12:37 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

IT is becoming even more of a commodity. It's a sack of sugar, a pound of nails. No one wants to pay a dime more than they have to pay. Thus, Chromebook.

This year two of my clients--both firms with about 20 white collar employees--worked together to take a look at the computer equipment and operation costs. We started with email, using gmail professional at 50 dollars a seat. As you may know, if you get into gmail pro, you get all of these other functions such as document software and calendar, etc.

Right now we're in a pilot with one group in one of the firms. It's working amazingly well, after initial set up.

What many in our biz do not see is the high cost in managing and maintaining databases, software and equipment. All of this got started when we could not find a competent firm to update the servers.

netmeg




msg:4311288
 12:47 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

*Acer* [ shakes head ]

weeks




msg:4311295
 12:54 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

*Acer* [ shakes head ]

Right. This is a "how low can you go" test. People are going to want more. But, how much more? There is a cost-benefit everyone runs and that formula is being tested here. It may not work. But, with Chromebook, perhaps we're going to find out.

chicagohh




msg:4311317
 1:58 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

*Acer* [ shakes head ]


I dunno... I had to quickly buy a computer 6 years ago and took the cheapest laptop available - an Acer. It is still running strong. I keep waiting for it to die but it won't - even after being used by my children the last 2 years. It's ugly, missing a few keys, the display is junk, but it runs well.

Karma




msg:4311345
 3:09 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've never had any issues with Acer and wouldn't think twice about owning one.

creative craig




msg:4311362
 3:33 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain.


If there was a team smart enough to make it secure - I'm sure there will be a team smarter to pull it apart :)

mromero




msg:4311371
 3:46 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

If these are cool notebooks with nice big screens, can they be fixed to run Linux / Windows 7?

J_RaD




msg:4311376
 3:53 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)


This year two of my clients--both firms with about 20 white collar employees--worked together to take a look at the computer equipment and operation costs.


that is a small operation, how much baby sitting could 20 units and a few servers really need? If everything is properly setup from the get go the only thing a server should need is a remote visit to check logs/back ups/ etc.


All of this got started when we could not find a competent firm to update the servers.


this sounds like the problem.

celgins




msg:4311378
 3:55 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

To me, this new Chromebook is an attempt to bridge some gaps that exist between traditional laptops and tablets (ie. iPad, Xoom). It looks like a laptop, but functions more like a tablet.

Not sure how well consumers will buy into it though.

weeks




msg:4311392
 4:18 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

this sounds like the problem.

This is what got it started, but then we found serious cost savings in software and equipment. Also, it was an easy step since both firms were using several hosted services already for their core enterprise. This is not unusual, of course. What is interesting is that moving to the cloud worked for all of the other services. The thinking was, "Well, if we are depending on off-site hosted services for THAT, why not for this and this and this." Soon we were looking at everything.

Ain't sophisticated, but that's how the fish flopped.

chrisv1963




msg:4311424
 5:03 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

No thanks. Not for me. Google is controlling our lives too much already.

Sgt_Kickaxe




msg:4311439
 5:20 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes, it's for me, your information is collected anyway by EVERY device you use so why pay more than you have to. Less than the price of a pizza per month for a computer? c'mon, that's awesome.

cien




msg:4311500
 6:50 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

If Google give me those for free, I'd sue them. I don't want anything from Google.

J_RaD




msg:4311512
 7:13 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)


Less than the price of a pizza per month for a computer? c'mon, that's awesome.


blah, its a POS anyway you slice it.


To me, this new Chromebook is an attempt to bridge some gaps that exist between traditional laptops and tablets (ie. iPad, Xoom). It looks like a laptop, but functions more like a tablet.


huh? is there even a gap there to fill? I don't think so, this is just goog slinging crap at the wall and seeing what sticks.

dvduval




msg:4311514
 7:17 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Any prices published yet? (besides monthly cost)

dstiles




msg:4311599
 10:27 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

No virus protection? Then how will you know you have a virus that will probably be trying hard to break into your google cloud account and steal all your data, passwords etc?

Long article on zdnet.com today about lack of security and how it WILL be exploited.

Sgt_Kickaxe




msg:4311623
 12:33 am on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

zdnet hasn't even seen one yet.

mifi601




msg:4311679
 6:20 am on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

dvduval - 349 USD

Tonearm




msg:4311726
 9:14 am on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

This thread is funny. This is the next big thing whether we like it or not. We've all been imagining computers like this for many years. Finally a second significant revenue stream for GOOG, I mean Google.

pp46




msg:4311743
 10:13 am on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

I agree with Tonearm, no body is ever happy
windows too slow + viruses, mac too expensive, linux too complicated, etc
Lets wait and see what this is like..
Do we have any more information on what makes this run, our Finnish friend...?

J_RaD




msg:4311863
 2:41 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)


We've all been imagining computers like this for many years.


huh? really we have? nope i can't think of a time when i've been dreaming of such a computer.

Leosghost




msg:4311873
 2:47 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

linux too complicated

you've been reading/listening to too much MS FUD.

@J_RaD ..nope.. me neither

Tonearm




msg:4312003
 5:37 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

huh? really we have? nope i can't think of a time when i've been dreaming of such a computer.

Really? You've never imagined a computer that runs only the most basic of software locally with everything else run remotely and piped over the internet? I've been thinking about that for many years as I'm sure most IT people have.

Privacy is not a concern of the general populace as evidenced by the success of Android. Google is about to cash in big time.

J_RaD




msg:4312030
 6:22 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

web / cloud software that runs in a browser is clunky. I use a cloud app everyday thats apart of business, and it would 100% be much better if they'd just take the time to deploy client software. all the support staff says is (you can only run it on firefox) and then they wanna make sure you don't run firefox 4.0 cause in any other browser nothing functions smoothly

having local client software is not a bad thing! adcenter desktop, adwords desktop, both run better then their web based counter parts and are more powerful, just an example

i also frequently use computers OFFLINE, and would greatly enjoy being able to use hardware even though it is not connected to the internet.


Privacy is not a concern of the general populace as evidenced by the success of Android. Google is about to cash in big time.


huh? its not about privacy, ANDROID is NOT A CLOUD OS, you install (apps) LOCALLY and run them LOCALLY, you also store data LOCALLY.

goog is confused which direction they want to go because they are going both at the same time.


computer that runs only the most basic of software locally with everything else run remotely and piped over the internet? I've been thinking about that for many years as I'm sure most IT people have.

don't confuse (internet) with [LAN]

Tonearm




msg:4312069
 7:31 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

web / cloud software that runs in a browser is clunky. I use a cloud app everyday thats apart of business, and it would 100% be much better if they'd just take the time to deploy client software. all the support staff says is (you can only run it on firefox) and then they wanna make sure you don't run firefox 4.0 cause in any other browser nothing functions smoothly

having local client software is not a bad thing! adcenter desktop, adwords desktop, both run better then their web based counter parts and are more powerful, just an example

Google designed Chromium and the entire OS with this in mind.

i also frequently use computers OFFLINE, and would greatly enjoy being able to use hardware even though it is not connected to the internet.

Then don't buy a Chromebook. I won't either. We will be in the minority.

huh? its not about privacy, ANDROID is NOT A CLOUD OS, you install (apps) LOCALLY and run them LOCALLY, you also store data LOCALLY.

I never said Android was a cloud OS but thanks for the specs.

don't confuse (internet) with [LAN]

Still dialing up?

J_RaD




msg:4312406
 2:51 pm on May 14, 2011 (gmt 0)


Google designed Chromium and the entire OS with this in mind.


how? other then making the entire OS a big chrome browser....that doesn't really fix the problem.


Still dialing up?

moving data over switched gigabit ethernet from local servers is a heck of a lot faster then pulling from the web.

dentistology




msg:4312440
 5:38 pm on May 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yup, Google is planning for a Operating System to replace Windows or at least compete with it. And trust me, if one company that can beat microsoft in Operating system, its google. It has all the plans for future for this.

weeks




msg:4313301
 9:35 pm on May 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Video makes the case.
[youtu.be...]
Public and private high schools, and likely middle schools, are going to go wild over this. The "throw it in the river" point in the video goes straight to the real world concerns of parents and teachers.
More info, including prices, here:
[mashable.com...]
and here
[pcworld.com...]

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