Google to offer $20-a-month student package for a Chrome laptop and this will make a compelling option for laptop-seeking students bounded by a limited budget.Making it available to students is a great idea most of them have a limited income and also when students are away on long holidays and have no need for the laptop, they can simply return it……….
Google announce sales of the new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month, student package that combines both hardware and online services.The product is almost certainly a precursor to an enterprise offering. Google Apps, an online product with features similar to Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets, calendars and other productivity software) is sold to business for $50 a year. An inexpensive Chrome laptop could be added to that for a small premium, somewhat the way mobile phones are sold below cost when tied to calling plans.Having students try out the product, at a price cheaper than buying a laptop for school, amounts to a shakedown cruise for the eventual product. If successful, it also seeds the market for future demand, as students move into the workforce with expectations of working in cloud-based systems.The browser-based office productivity system may also promise businesses more control over what employees do online. Google offers ways companies can set where employees go and how they can access internal data.The greatest difficulty with Google Apps for now may be the ability to work offline, when temporarily disconnected from the Web. Google executives involved with the program said the company is very close to solving that problem.