Google exec outlines future of Chromebooks

Summary:Google's Rajen Sheth, product manager for Chrome for Business, has talked up the 'shareability' of Chromebooks

Chromebooks represent the next stage in enterprise collaboration, but there are some idealistic and technological hurdles to overcome, according to Rajen Sheth, Google's group product manager for Chrome for Business.

"We're not selling a device, we're selling a new paradigm of web-based computing," Sheth said at GigaOM's NetWork 2011 summit in San Francisco on Thursday. He added that Chrome developers want to get to a point where any device is a user's device — meaning that any time someone logs into a device, regardless of whether or not they bought it, they can access their account.

Sheth used the example of Google's partnership with Virgin America. Passengers on select flights can rent a Chromebook for free and access the internet and their accounts while in-flight. Sheth argued that the "shareability" of the Chromebook is unmatched by any other device, and such a programme could not happen otherwise.

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Topics: Mobility


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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