Google Chromebooks Sure to Turn Off Corporate IT Managers
News Analysis: The combination of unmanaged silent updates, high cost, constant wireless-access requirements and close ties to Google will make the Chromebook a loser in the enterprise.There's no question that Google thought its Chromebook would be the darling of the enterprise. That just shows how little the designers of the device know about how enterprise IT works in the real world. It may be a nice play for consumers, assuming you can pry them away from their iPads and Andoid tablets, but even there it'll be tough sledding. The hurdles the Chromebook faces in the enterprise start with the lack of manageability. In short, enterprise IT and security managers won't be told when updates are coming, they won't be able to manage which updates are installed and which are held for further testing and which are rejected outright. This is a significant blunder on Google's part.
But there are other blunders, too, starting with the cost. To many people, the $28 monthly corporate-lease price tag seems low, but that doesn't cover communications charges if you get a 3G version. When you compare it against the price of a Windows laptop, it's pretty steep. HP, for example, will lease you a business-class laptop for $16 per month, including Windows 7.