If Chromebooks have slowly but surely taken over the US education market in recent years, Google now seems to be ready to challenge Windows in the company . Today, Dell announced that it has partnered with Google to offer a first line of Latitude Chromebook Enterprise devices, combining a reliable brand in the business world with an operating system that can now compete with Windows and macOS in terms of versatility.
"Chromebook Enterprise is a game changer for companies looking for a modern operating system that gives end users speed and productivity, while offering IT the comprehensive security they need," said John Solomon, Chrome’s vice president OS on Google "As a world leader in the company for a long time, Dell Technologies has a deep understanding of IT and end-user needs and is a natural option to bring powerful devices with Chrome Enterprise benefits to businesses around the world." .
The new Latitude Chromebook Business devices will include the Latitude 5300 2 in 1 starting at $ 819.00 USD, as well as the Latitude 5400 starting at $ 699.00 USD. Both devices will be configurable with up to 32 GB of RAM and the latest Intel 8th generation Core ™ i7 processors, and Dell will also offer 10 localized language keyboards. These first Dell Latitude Chromebook Enterprise devices will be available in 50 countries starting tomorrow, August 27.
In addition to some hardware flexibility, these two Chromebooks Enterprise will also join Dell's "Unified Workspace" platform and offer important features for Dell customers. as a hardware diagnosis prior to the operating system and Dell ProSupport Suite. "With the new capabilities available through our support services, Unified Workspace customers can now download IT processes and create better workplace experiences for IT, business managers and employees," said Doug Schmitt, president of Dell Technologies Services.
It will be interesting to see if other PC OEMs could help Chromebooks make a dent in the business world. Anyway, Chrome OS devices should not be underestimated: the operating system has been in development for almost ten years, and can now run Android applications, Linux applications and Windows applications through emulation. It is rumored that Microsoft is working on its own Chrome OS alternative called "Windows Lite", a new operating system designed from scratch for devices similar to Chromebook and 2-in-1 PC, although we still don't know if it will be compatible with the vast application ecosystem inherited that Windows developers have built over the years.
The Redmond giant has been trying for years to get away from legacy Windows applications, but the company was unable to do so with Windows RT and Windows 10 in Mode S. It remains to be seen if Windows Lite can change things, but we hope May this greater competition from Google and its OEM partners benefit Microsoft in the long term.
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