Chrome Operating System has taken up brand new residence. Nowadays Google and Samsung release Google Chromebox, a Mac mini-like computer in which buyers affix keyboard, mouse as well as monitor. The idea isn’t really fresh: Users keep their existing peripherals while upgrading hardware and migrating to some spanking new operating-system. For anybody looking to get off of the OS X or Windows train, Chromebox proves to be an easily affordable alternative working Google’s browser-boasting, cloud-connected Linux-based Operating System.
However, brand new pricing plan will certainly make Chromebox costlier for some businesses or organizations. Google released the main Chromebook that has a multi-year monthly subscription plan, however that goes away now. Under the completely new structure, companies purchase the device in the manufacturer’s suggested market price plus $150.
That is in part due to cloud box principle. Chrome Operating System development closely follows the browser, which revs a new version about every 6 weeks. Thus Google will boost the Chromebox experience fairly often, within every few months as compared to a number of years for OS X or Windows. Google dispatches these updates immediately, as it does with other cloud goods and services, providing low- to non-touch IT management.
At the same time, starting with Chrome OS 19, Google changed the consumer experience, making it more desktop-like. There is a window manager now, taskbar, app launcher along with other extra features. Additionally, Chromebox is supposed to be utilized in always-connected settings, taking away concerns regarding cloud access. If the network is done, each and every user is, whether they use PC, Mac or Chromebox. All are equal on the network.
Google undoubtedly touts customer wins: Dillard’s, in which the search and information giant claims will release “hundreds of Chromeboxes in over50% of their US stores”, while Kaplan, using the services of Genesys, is transferring its New York City call center to WebRTC and Chromeboxes.
Samsung Series 3 Chromebox specifications: 1.9GHz Intel Celeron processor chip (dual-core); 16GB solid-state drive; Intel HD graphics; 4GB SDRAM; web cam; 6 USB ports; two DisplayPorts; DVI port; WiFi N; Bluetooth 3.0; Gigabit Ethernet; and Chrome OS. Unit measures 7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches and also weighs 2.45 pounds. Customers utilize their existing peripheral devices, although Samsung sells wireless mouse as well as keyboard, too.
As part of the continuing development approach, Google is concentrating on more about simplifying set up and administration, which includes auto-update and auto-enrollment controls. Moreover, Chrome Remote Desktop, presently in beta, lets educational institutions or businesses — and consumers, also — to tunnel into their Mac or Windows desktops to operate older apps. Yes, Virginia, you could have Chrome Operating-System and use your legacy goods, too.
I have strong reservations about Chromebook’s long-term performance-to-price benefit, due to the slower processor and far higher price. Chromebox, in contrast, offers substantially more for lots less.