Chromebooks: A cheat sheet – TechRepublic

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about Google’s Chromebooks and Chrome OS.

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With every passing iteration of technology more and more of the things we use most move to the cloud. Google knows this, which is why it created products such as G Suite, which allow users to create, edit, and store documents online.

Chrome, Google’s market-dominating web browser, has turned into an operating system that’s unique to Google-powered laptops called Chromebooks. These budget devices run Chrome OS and are cloud-powered bargains that can help everyone get work done for a fraction of the cost of a MacBook or Windows laptop.

Chromebooks are very different from when they first appeared in 2011. If your business needs easily deployable, flexible, and secure laptops to issue to employees, Chromebooks are worth a second look, especially if you haven’t used one in a while.

TechRepublic’s cheat sheet about Chromebooks is a quick introduction to these laptops, as well as a “living” guide that will be updated periodically as new models and features are released.

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Executive summary

  • What are Chromebooks? Chromebooks are laptops powered by Google’s Chrome OS, an operating system based on the Chrome browser. Chromebooks are very affordable and are built around G Suite, Google’s online cloud services. Chromebooks are also able to run Android apps, making cross-platform work easier.
  • Why do Chromebooks matter? Cheap laptops running Chrome OS can be easily deployed to students or employees, making the machines very valuable to enterprises. Since most Chromebook work is done in the cloud, the devices are a much lower security risk than typical laptops.
  • What enterprise…