Google will be announcing sales of the new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month “student package” that combines both hardware and online services, according to an unnamed senior Google executive cited by Forbes.
The new offering will allow budget conscious students to try out the Chrome Laptop, potentially seeding the market for future demand, as students move into the workforce. Forbes speculates that it could even be a precursor to an enterprise offering in the future, which is completely plausible considering that the company is already offering its Google Apps Suite to businesses for $50 a year.
“Small and medium-sized businesses are banging on our doors to get something like this,” the executive said.
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The browser-based office productivity system is gearing towards improving enterprise functionalities, promising businesses more control over what employees can acccess online. Google offers ways companies can set where employees go, and how they can access internal data.