Dell to sell Google Chrome­book for cor­po­rate users

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Google’s latest Chrome­book lap­top will be spe­cially de­signed for cor­po­rate cus­tomers in an ef­fort to get more work­ers off ma­chines pow­ered by Mi­crosoft’s dom­i­nant Win­dows soft­ware.

The Chrome­book un­veiled Thurs­day will be made by Dell and will go on sale Sept. 17. Prices will range from US$400 to US$900, a step up from a line of bare­bones Chrome­books that have been selling for as low as US$150 since Google teamed up with Hisense and Haier to make those de­vices.

The cheap Chrome­books have helped make the lap­tops pop­u­lar in class­rooms, but they haven’t made many in­roads in of­fices.

Google Inc. is try­ing to win over cor­po­rate cus­tomers with the Dell Chrome­book 13, which of­fers more flex­i­bil­ity to run a va­ri­ety of apps that haven’t been easily ac­ces­si­ble on pre­vi­ous Chrome­books. The lap­tops also of­fer more con­trols for cor­po­rate ad­min­is­tra­tors to limit ac­cess and set rules for how work­ers can use them.

Ap­ple also has been try­ing to boost cor­po­rate sales of its iPad tablet in a year-old part­ner­ship with busi­ness tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist IBM Corp. and a wide va­ri­ety of of­fice app mak­ers. Mi­crosoft, mean­while, is pin­ning its hopes on Win­dows 10, a re­cently re­leased ver­sion of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem de­signed to run smoothly on per­sonal com­put­ers, tablets and smart­phones.

Var­i­ous PC man­u­fac­tur­ers that build­ing Win­dows ma­chines for decades have been work­ing with Google to de­sign light­weight lap­tops run­ning on the Chrome op­er­at­ing sys­tem since 2011. The new ma­chine from Dell joins Google’s line-up of other high-end, busi­ness-fo­cused de­vices that in­clude the Asus Chrome­book Flip and Chrome­book Pixel.

The Chrome­books will re­main a part of Google later this year af­ter the com­pany splin­ters un­der an um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion called Al­pha­bet Inc. that will over­see a hodge­podge of busi­nesses and ex­per­i­men­tal projects delv­ing into med­i­cal re­search, city man­age­ment, drone de­liv­ery and driver­less cars.

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