Chrome OS is coming for the enterprise, and which has been known for some time now. The company will pair it with its other enterprise offerings, namingly Google Apps. Now, in the Chromium reports we can see that extensive work is being done to make this happen.
When searching through Chromium’s bug reports, one can now see a new label that is called “Enterprise”. By selecting this, you can see bug reports that are narrowed down into issues related to Enterprise Chrome OS implementation within larger network organizations, likely those that are using the paid form of Google Apps.
There’s a veritable treasure trove of interesting bug reports here. A few: one request for the implementation of policies designed to control a Chrome OS unit’s microphone and camera, a way for enterprise administrators to activate 3G organization-wide and an automatic reboot and recovery when an owner key has been tampered with.
It also appears that there will be a special sign-in process that takes place when a user first gets a Chrome OS device, since the PC unit itself will be mobile from the get-go. It’s referred to as Enterprise Enrollment in the Chromium reports, and the preliminary text here refers to allowing an admin “to find and control your device from your Google Apps for Your Domain Control Panel”.
Chrome OS has been designed from the ground up to make IT administration much easier when compared to traditional Windows-based machines, and that means a lot of options in terms of secure policy and control for managers.
Google has implemented a website for businesses to learn more about Chrome hardware right here. I was not aware of it before, but it looks similar to this site that discusses the benefits of switching to the Chrome browser here. The company’s efforts here suggest a significant push during the balance of 2011 to get Chrome in front of as many businesses as possible.
What do you think about the prospects of Chrome OS at work?