O Google is launching the program Chromebook Enterprise involving notebooks with Chrome OS focused on companies: two models Dell Latitude with 8th generation Intel Core processor, up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of SSD storage. The Chrome-based operating system has been stealing space from the Windows in US schools, and now target corporate customers.
The Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise has a 14-inch Full-HD display and costs from $ 699. Meanwhile, the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise has a 13-inch Full-HD display that rotates 360 degrees ; it starts at $ 819.
These are versions of laptops that Dell already sells with Windows, but running Chrome OS; the Windows key has been replaced by a Language button. They will be the first Chromebooks to offer up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and SSDs of up to 1 TB. Both have traditional USB ports, in addition to USB-C, HDMI output, SD card reader and Ethernet.
Google and Dell have been working together for more than a year to fulfill the requirements of IT departments. New Chromebooks can run a Linux environment to install professional applications; and can be managed using tools like VMware Workspace One and Dell Unified Workspace, which allow you to manage devices with different operating systems.
These are only the first Chrome Enterprise devices. Google promises to announce future models with other manufacturers, without confirming which ones; Lenovo and HP would be the most obvious candidates.
Google uses Chrome OS to dispute space with Windows
With this new program, Google wants to take advantage of a time when companies are exchanging their PCs for more modern alternatives. Chrome OS is more resistant than Windows to malware and viruses; supports Linux programs and Android applications; and can run some sites offline, like Google Docs.
In 2018, Chrome OS dominated 60% of notebook sales to primary and secondary schools (K-12) in the U.S. And according to Futuresource Consulting, the system has been growing in the educational market in several European countries.
Now Google wants to go further, but knows that it will take time to conquer Windows space. “The corporate market is more of a marathon than a race,” says John Solomon, vice president of Chrome OS, The Verge. “This is not just a ‘it’s an experiment, we’ll see how it goes’ project; this is a serious and long-term commitment. ”
Rumors say that Microsoft is preparing a competitor called Windows Lite without legacy components, which would be able to run Win32 programs available through the Store. The system would come with a new interface, including a Start menu without dynamic blocks (Live Tiles).