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Google Unveils Chrome OS Powered Laptops

by arupchou on May 13, 2011

Users itching to get their hands on Chrome OS powered devices have a reason to rejoice as search engine giant Google has rolled out a Google Chrome OS Notebookscouple of Chrome OS powered laptops. While one of the laptops is made by Samsung, the other one is made by Acer. The devices were showcased at Google I/O conference and are expected to hit the markets by the middle of next month.

Features Of The Laptops

While the Samsung Chrome OS laptop sports an 11.6 inches screen and offers a battery life of around 6 hours, the Acer Chrome OS laptop displays a 12.1 inches screen offering a battery life of around 8.5 hours. Both the machines are equipped with 3G capabilities and are devoid of hard drive.

In Google’s blog Linus Upson, a Google executive wrote that users will not have to wait minutes for the machines to boot and they can read e-mails in seconds. He further added that users will be able to access apps, photos, music etc from anywhere they like.

The road however, for Chrome OS based laptops will not be easy particularly in a scenario when it has to face competition from tablets. The tablet market is on a rise and it will be an uphill task from Chrome OS laptops to carve a niche for itself.

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1 Adam 05.24.11 at 9:56 am

Ericom has released a solution which will enable Chromebook users to access their Windows apps and virtual desktops. Ericom Software has released a beta version of Ericom AccessNow™, the market’s first pure HTML client providing access to applications and desktops running on Windows Terminal Services (RDS) and VDI platforms, including session-based applications, remote desktops, and virtual
desktops running on Microsoft Hyper-V and other hypervisors. Running entirely within a browser, AccessNow works natively with Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer (with Chrome Frame plug-in), Firefox and any other browser with HTML5 and WebSockets support.

Ericom AccessNow significantly reduces IT overhead in key ways:
1. It does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX, or any other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices
2. IT staff do not have to manage / maintain separate product versions and updates for multiple clients (end-point operating systems) – an HTML5 browser is all that is required

More About Ericom AccessNow:
1. Supports client devices running Windows, Linux, Mac, Chrome OS (HTML5 client is the only way to support Google’s Chrome OS and
Chromebooks) and any other OS
2. Runs as pure HTML on netbooks, desktops, laptops and thin clients, and supports Intel x86, ARM or any other CPU architecture
3. Can also work via Ericom’s Secure Gateway when clients are outside the firewall

To participate in the Beta program for Ericom AccessNow please visit:
http://www.ericom.com/html5_rdp_client.asp?URL_ID=708

For a video demo:
http://www.ericom.com/AccessNow_Demo.asp?URL_ID=708

Adam

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