Google packs Chrome Web Store with more education, business apps

Google packs Chrome Web Store with more education, business apps

Summary: Google has made some new programs available for Chromebooks before school starts.

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As the back-to-school season creeps closer by the day, Google is ramping up on features for its budget-friendly Chromebooks.

Specifically, the Goog is stuffing its Chrome Web Store with more apps and extensions targeted at laptop users who want to use their Chromebooks for more educational and business-related programs.

For example, users can add the Citrix Receiver Tech Preview app from the Chrome Web Store to access Adobe Photoshop and other desktop software (pictured below), as well as everyday utilities such as print-to-docs option for Google Cloud Print. Additionally, Chromebooks can be used for more fun purposes now with a Netflix app as well as the new Amazon Cloud Reader program.

Never fear, frequent business travelers, as the latest release of the Chrome OS also packs VPN and secure Wi-Fi support (802.1X), amongst other the other usual repaired bugs and improvements. The latest version of Chrome OS is also touted as 32 percent faster than its predecessor.

For more about Chromebook security measures, Chrome developers have explained in detail on their official blog.

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  • RE: Google packs Chrome Web Store with more education, business apps

    "The latest version of Chrome OS is also touted as 32 percent faster than its predecessor."
    Only utter idiots will buy these sort of arguments. They tried these tactics for the browser, every two weeks a new version, each 'twice as fast' as the previous version. If these arguments were true One can imagine how crap their previous versions would have been.

    Chrome book is such a non-sense idea and there is no market for it.
    owlnet
  • RE: Google packs Chrome Web Store with more education, business apps

    ChromeOS? That's still around? Is anyone actually buying these things?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Google packs Chrome Web Store with more education, business apps

    Budget friendly? How is that possibly true? A netbook or laptop is cheaper and provides local storage, as well as fast local applications.

    However, it does show how an advertising company designs things. It does less, costs more and locks you and your personal info to Google for life.

    I'm beginning to think these things are an intelligence test or a way to decide if one born every minute is a large enough demographic.
    tonymcs@...
    • RE: Google packs Chrome Web Store with more education, business apps

      @tonymcs@... I agree that the current crop of Chromebooks are too expensive (businesses excepted). If Google can partner with an OEM and put out a decent Chromebook for under $200, this will turn more than a few heads.

      And for those users with only light internet needs (e.g., web browsing, email, chat, Facebook, reading books/magazines/periodicals, games) that would like having a physical keyboard attached, a cheap Chromebook would present a low maintenance alternative to more complex devices. As well as a nice companion device for those needing a more complex device.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
  • RE: Google packs Chrome Web Store with more education, business apps

    OH I cannot wait to get my hands on that new MacBook Air!!! thin, light and runs Lion... 13 inch with 128 SSD and 4 gb of RAM... I'm almost there I have 500 saved so far. I could go out and get a Chromebook but I'm holding out for Apple.
    Hasam1991
  • Data says its true...

    Nice catch Rachel. We went running to our data on Chrome Web Store and see the bump you speak of - in the amount of Education Apps in the CWS. Roughly, at the start of the month, the amount of apps grew from 650 to 705 overnight. See http://www.chromeosapps.org/data-for-zd-article/<br><br>Nice.
    VirgilSmith