Google yesterday took the veil off Chromebooks, the Chrome browser-based operating system for notebooks. With Chromebooks, Google promises the web and only the web, so no annoying updates, no need for anti-viruses, no green hill top desktop backgrounds (we kind of like that), and none of the other troublesome business most operating system deals with.
Chromebooks will be completely cloud-based, so users can have access to their movies, pictures, apps, games and documents wherever they go. And even after you accidentally drop it into a river, for example.
“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.”
Google also plans to issue Chromebooks on a monthly subscription basis. The subscription will start at $28/user for businesses and $20/user for schools. The subscription will include “a cloud management console to remotely administer and manage users, devices, applications and policies”, along with device warranties, replacements, and hardware refreshes.
Chromebooks will be online on June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will be added in the coming months.