Chromebooks are here! Chromebooks are here!

Google's new Chromebooks have finally hit the market! Chromebooks are netbooks that run on Google's new Chrome operating system and are "built and optimized for the web." Booting up in an amazing eight seconds, the netbooks give you access to the internet through Google's web browser.

Users can access the internet via Wifi or on several models through a 3G connection. Once on, users log in to their Google account. After that, all work is done "in the cloud." For example, users would use Google Docs for word processing, or Google Sites for web design. There are also millions of Apps available in the Google Apps Store that can be downloaded and run from the browser.

Implications for schools are great! Google promises an easy way for schools to manage Chromebooks through a web-based portal. Everything from inventory management to device settings to allowable apps will be easy to control using the administrator interface. Special lease pricing will also be available for schools.

I can't wait to get my hands on one for a test drive. I'll let you know when I do!

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