Google's Nexus 7 Puts the Whammy on Chromebook


 

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After the revelation this week that a Google tablet running Android will be available in July, Samsung's new Chromebook and Chromebox devices are looking somewhat less relevant.

 

When we reviewed the first version of Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 laptop about a year ago, we called into question its usefulness in the enterprise. Sure, we were taken with the novelty of a low-cost laptop running an operating system built around our favorite browser. But, the list of enterprise concerns was long, including a lack of an accessible file system, limited control of system settings, and limited virus control, media playback and printing capabilities.

[Related: Head-To-Head: Google Nexus Vs. Apple iPad]

We also seriously missed having a desktop in the OS. ChromeOS 19 has solved that problem and many others. The version that's included with today's Chromebook Series 5 laptop and the all-new Chromebox Series 3 desktop feels much more like a genuine work environment, and through the browser, companies can leverage existing web apps and build powerful, engaging new ones using HTML 5, JavaScript and other advanced techniques.

Indeed, ChromeOS 19 is vastly improved. And in a world in which billions of malware attacks occur each day, there's always a strong need for bulletproof security. As an enterprise environment for running single-purpose, heads-down apps that still offers access to communications and social media, ChromeOS 19 has a lot to offer as a thin-client OS. Here are a few more of the highlights.

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