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What is Chrome and What are Chrome Devices?

Chrome Devices for WorkChances are you already know what Chrome is. It’s probably your favorite browser and where you live on your computer at work, even at home. You probably already have an idea of what a Chrome Device is as well; it’s a device for work, made to replace your existing, expensive infrastructure and work directly within your cloud environment. This device takes many forms, from your conventional laptop, to a small box that plugs into any modern monitor, to a tiny device, the size of a candy bar, that plugs directly into an HDMI port on a screen and turns any monitor into a computer.

There’s a lot more to Chrome, however. Let’s take a look.

What makes a Chrome device unique?

This is the end of buying expensive PCs or Macs, setting them up for hours, figuring out automatic updates, configuring network access, and protecting. Chrome devices cost anywhere from $200 to $1000. Of course this depends on the power of the device and the needs of the user, but keep in mind a cheap PC is still about $700 and a cheap Mac is about $1200. The idea of saving near a $1000 on a device is quickly gaining traction in the business community. What’s more:

  • Chrome devices have made some great advancements in the last year with interoperability with Microsoft products. Now, with the power of VPN’s and virtualization, a Chromebook can access all the same data a computer running Windows can.
  • Chrome Devices are all managed and configured from a central location inside your existing Admin panel. Your devices can be configured, adjusted on the fly, and disabled easily.
  • Chrome OS is the most secure platform. At a recent security conference, Chrome was once again the target for white hat hackers going after the security bounty. Google is so confident in Chrome’s security (it has never been compromised) that there is a $100,000 prize for anyone who can manage to find an exploit.

For whom is it for?

Support! Netflix’s entire support team uses Chromebooks only and they support over 75 million monthly active users worldwide. Since most support portals are cloud based, they work seamlessly within a Chrome environment. In addition to support, we’ve helped many companies bring their entire sales teams into the cloud with Chromebooks. Moreover, any department that regularly holds meetings and video conferences will benefit from Chromebox for Meetings' price and functionality. 

Human Resources departments are another big group of Chrome adopters; in a job where continued education and staying up-to-date is key, Chrome devices just seem to make sense. ADP and other HR platforms are used a lot these days, so when onboarding new human resources personnel, it’s easy to push out bookmarks to all of the necessary tools they need every day.

The Numerous Chrome Devices

Staying up-to-date

Pushing out an App/Extension to a user's device is super easy. Let’s say I deployed a Chromebook to the newest of our 100-person sales team and then realized that I need to push out a new app/extension/setting. This can easily be done by going to the admin panel, finding the app that you are looking for in the Chrome store, and choosing to 'force install this for all users' in that organizational unit. All the end user needs to do is wait for the policy to refresh, sign out and sign back in, or manually refresh the policies on their device. Most of the time there is no need for user interaction and the device can update on its own.

Originally published on April 25, 2016

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