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In a few hours from now, Google will be holding a remote webinar, August 23rd, for businesses interested in adopting Chrome Enterprise.

What is the perfect definition of Chromebook? It is a laptop running the Linux -based Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices were originally designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data utilizing cloud technology. The original Chromebook was an example of a thin client. Chromebooks are primarily sold both directly from Google and from the company’s retail partners. By 2012, schools had become the largest category of customer. That October, Google broadened its marketing strategy to include first-time computer users and households seeking an additional computer.

The good news now is that the company just announced a new enterprise version of Chrome OS that will make it much easier for businesses to use Chromebooks.

What are we expecting as features from this? Well it will interest you to know the following features are available: single-sign-on support, theft prevention tools, integration with Microsoft Active Directory, and the ability for businesses to remotely manage printers, browser extensions, software updates, and networks.

With their cheaper price tags and limited features which has made them popular in schools, yet Google argues that its new enterprise features will make the devices attractive to businesses as well.

Google notes that that several hardware makers, like HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, are already building enterprise-ready Chromebooks, so it makes sense they would customize Chrome OS to these use cases. Still, it’s an interesting shift since Chromebooks have generally been thought of as too underpowered for most settings outside of schools.

That’s why an important selling point for businesses is Chromebooks’ ability to run Android apps from Google’s Play Store. Though Google has shown off consumer-facing apps and games in the past, there are now a number of business apps available for Chromebooks as well. Additionally, administrators can remotely manage Play Store apps for enterprise customers as well.

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