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There is a lot of potential for the use of Chromebooks in the workplace. Although the criticism is that Google’s subscription plan is too expensive for a three year plan per user, it seems that being able to deploy Chrome OS for very little upfront cost would be enticing. Add in the fact that the pricing includes a warranty, support and lifecycle replacement after three years and it seems there would be a lot of businesses that could be good candidates for Chromebooks. Remember, owning a traditional PC today is more like buying a car – there are a lot of hidden fees associated with ownership. Why not lease the hardware in an attempt to lower your overall cost?
Do you think Chromebooks for Business and Education is a good idea?
“iPad, in a few days, there might be another post-PC device in town. It only runs a browser. It’s prototype looks like a hybrid of a Thinkpad and your old black MacBook that isn’t anymore. It’s matte instead of shiny. It doesn’t have a caps lock.
iPad: are you afraid yet?
Well, here is the ad.”
“iPad – you can stop crying now.”
OK, kidding aside, were you as surprised as I was that Google has come out with an ad on television? It looks like cloud computing is about to go primetime. We are perhaps just days away from the first thin client — the Chrome notebook — being available to the average consumer.
Tablets such as the iPad offer different possibilities in their user interface, which would put them in the post-PC category, some of them quite helpful and fun. However, they are still “fat clients” in little packages. If the app you want to run doesn’t use the particular operating system you are out of luck.
Now, the Cr-48 looks like your typical laptop, a form factor which has existed for decades. One post-PC aspect about the upcoming Chrome notebook is that there might be a different way to purchase it: a subscription plan, complete with “hardware refreshes and repairs,” as if it was a smart phone. Post-PC indeed!