So Google finally unveils one of its key directions going forward – cheap laptops running Google Chrome focused on cloud computing as the primary working area and local computing relegated to being the offline backup. No huge surprise. Tons of reports covering the news but Sarah Perez sums it up nicely on ReadWriteWeb:
…this initiative pushes forward many of Google’s agendas: get into an institution through its end users, not its admins, get more people online so they’ll click Google ads, and, the future is the Web, not the hard drive.
That’s how Office and friends first arrived (the first bit, no web for most back then).
- Google to sell $20/month laptop – ReadWriteWeb, May 2011
- A new kind of computer – Official Google Blog, May 2011
- Details from SearchEngineLand – initial hardware: Acer and Samsung
- Google clarifies Chromebook subscriptions, might have just changed the industry – Engadget, loads of detail
- Check out Techmeme for more links