Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

Summary: For $20 a month, students will soon be able to rent their own Google Chrome laptop, though the company hints that the enterprise sector would be its next stop.

SHARE:

Google is making a major push for its cloud-based Chrome laptops, this time, with the education sector.

In an interview with Forbes, a Google senior executive said that the company will begin leasing out the computers to students at $20 a month. But Google isn't solely targeting students, and it is likely that the company's real aim for the rental program is the enterprise sector.

“Small and medium-sized businesses are banging on our doors to get something like this,” the executive told Forbes.

The news echoes previous rumors that Google would start a Chrome rental program within the coming months. Manufactured by both Samsung and Acer, the computers are expected to retail for $500, far below that of most other laptops. Google is expected to announce the device's June release date later today.

[Via Forbes]

Topics: Laptops, Google, Hardware, Mobility

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

42 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • LOL!

    [i]Small and medium-sized businesses are banging on our doors to get something like this[/i]

    From the reception I've seen in previous article right here on ZDNet, I doubt that's an accurate statement. :)
    John Zern
    • People are very tired of all of the security problems of Windows. For the

      masses of employees, you just need browser, email, simple word processing, etc. This would save them a lot of money, and at the same time, fix the gaping security holes.
      DonnieBoy
      • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

        @DonnieBoy Dude... where have you been since the invent of Windows security essentials?
        jessiethe3rd
      • And, you think that will keep you safe?????????

        I can not stop laughing . . .
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

        @DonnieBoy

        I can't help but ask why you think the workplace would just magically switch to chrome? That's a no-no.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

        @DonnieBoy If that's the case why not go with full-fledged Linux then?
        statuskwo5
      • Cylon Centurion 0005: Using a browser is not exactly "magic". Again,

        MOST EMPLOYEES USE JUST BROWSER, EMAIL, SIMPLE WORD PROCESSING. Why do you have such a hard time understanding that????
        DonnieBoy
      • statuskwo5: Many may use a full Linux distribution. But, it is more

        expensive to administer and maintain. The beauty of ChromeOS is the simplicity.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

        @DonnieBoy

        <I>Cylon Centurion 0005: Using a browser is not exactly "magic". Again,
        MOST EMPLOYEES USE JUST BROWSER, EMAIL, SIMPLE WORD PROCESSING. Why do you have such a hard time understanding that???? </I>

        <I>But, it is more
        expensive to administer and maintain. The beauty of ChromeOS is the simplicity. </I>

        You just answred your own question. Why do you think businesses would switch to an untested and unsure product? Answer is they won't.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • How do you know what most employees need?

        @DonnieBoy <br>everyplace I've worked over the years they've used far more then Web serving and email, they run apps that GoogleOS have no equivelent for.<br><br>Word, Excel, AutoCAD, Gerber, Accounting packages, ect...<br><br>I could see having a ChromeOS box sitting in a corner for factory workers to check FaceBook at lunch, but nothing really important beyond that.

        I can not stop laughing that you think this is some viable solution for enterprise!
        John Zern
      • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

        @DonnieBoy
        People are not tired of the security problem with Windows, at least not too many as people are used to Windows.

        Google is a prime target of attack as it harvests so much data. Most people in enterprise don't play tic-tac-toe at work for a living and need real office suites to operate. Also with the down time with Google services people would have a field day dealing with the down time and when it effects one it effects all. Google is a gaping hole ;)
        audidiablo
  • What's the point?

    I don't get it. You can run chrome on any laptop/netbook and use all the clowd applications offered in the google app-store. In addition you can use innumerable other applications. Get a decent linux distribution and you're ready to go. What does the chromium laptop offer, which cannot be had at the moment?
    kikl
    • ChromeOS makes everything more secure, and is much cheaper to manage.

      It is also a modern OS. Run of the mill laptops running Windows are very boooooring.
      DonnieBoy
      • Message has been deleted.

        jessiethe3rd
      • Well, I really doubt that if you threw a Windows laptop against the wall it

        would stick.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

        @DonnieBoy Define "modern OS".
        statuskwo5
      • DB, business doesn't buy on exciting or boring

        @DonnieBoy
        they buy on what gets the job done. Google could put dancing girls, movies, and lottery tickets into ChromeOS, but that's not whats needed to get the job done.
        John Zern
      • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

        @DonnieBoy

        ROFL for days!!!! HAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHA you crack me up!
        ChromeOS is not modern but more a stripped down crap version of Linux. Linux is free and you can install Ubuntu and have LibreOffice for free. Buy the netbook for 300-400 and you're ready to go! Saving money, speed and when the cloud turns into a hurricane of crap you can work offline with no issues! WHAT A CONCEPT! Oh and Windows looks nice just like OSX just as Ubuntu... ChromeOS looks like a web browser with tabs and that's about it... They should pay people 20 dollars a month to use it not the other way around.
        audidiablo
  • Let's Define Chrome

    I think we need to see an official version of Chrome out, what is it? is it free? like a linux distro you can download to ISO and install? if so why pay 20 a month??

    I would pay Apple 20 a month to use the macbook air, that thing is cool!!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Eyeing the enterprise, Google to rent out Chrome laptops for $20 a month

      @Hasam1991 Exactly, why pay for something that is already readily available for free. Get Fedora, Ubuntu, or Mint instead of their bastard child Chrome OS.
      statuskwo5