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Google Chromebooks cloud-based notebooks coming June 15

At Google I/O Wednesday, a June 15 roll out of Chromebooks was announced. The Chromebooks, based on the development Chrome OS notebooks Google has been testing, will launch with models from Samsung and Acer and prices starting at $349. The Chromebook concept is designed around cloud-based computing with all applications and data constantly syncing on the fly with an encrypted connection. More than 1 million apps are now available for Chrome OS.

Additionally, Google announced Chromebook programs that will charge a flat, monthly fee per user in exchange for use of the hardware, cloud service and support. Businesses, governments and schools can apply for the Chrome Box, a system that provides web console for IT administrators to remotely manage the Chromebooks within their organization. Chrome Box service also will include support, warranty service on hardware and replacements. The cost for businesses and governments will be $28 per user, per month and schools will pay $20.

Posted by Gadget Guy at 2:43:34 pm on May 11, 2011