This week at Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced the general availability of two Chrome OS Laptops. Both Best Buy and Amazon will be selling the devices made by Acer and Samsung. The Samsung “Chrome Book” will have a 12.1 inch display and have integrated WiFi and Verizon 3G and will be priced at $429. The Acer device will only be $349 but will be WiFi only and have an 11.6 inch screen. Both devices tout long battery life and are optimized for accessing content out of the cloud.
Google also announced a very compelling business package where organizations could lease the Chrome Books for $28 per month per user. The $28 price tag includes the laptop, full warranty, support, service, end of life replacement and a device called the Chrome Box to allow companies to connect the Chrome Book to the corporate file systems.
In my opinion, this is an important evolutionary step for the device market, for both consumers and corporate workers. Almost every part of technology has transformed to be web optimized. To quote my colleague, Sandra Palumbo, “we access what we want, when we want” because we’re always connected.