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Know about Chromebooks

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Relatively cheap and easy to use, Chromebooks are steadily growing in popularity around the world and India. They also do more than you might think. Here are a few things to know about machines running the Chrome OS.

Chromebooks don’t require an internet connection to use.

Although they work best connected to the Internet, many Chrome OS apps like, Gmail and Google Docs, allow a user to work offline till a connection is resumed and then syncs the data. Some apps have a built in ability to do so, others require their settings changed or additional extensions installed from the Chrome store.

Chromebooks are available on different processors.

Although all Chromebooks are capable of starting up and loading webpages relatively fast, machines with Intel x86 processors tend to be comparatively faster than machines operating on ARM-based chips. The speed and performance of Chromebooks may vary depending upon their processors.

Chromebooks are not completely dependent on the cloud for storage.

Although Chromebooks were designed to be Internet-based machines, they do offer local storage. Samsung’s Chromebook 2 and Acer’s C720P are new offerings equipped with 16 or 32 GB of storage space, along with slots for SD or USB memory sticks. Quickoffice allows Office docs to be read and edited without the internet connection.

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Google Drive isn’t free of cost.

Chromebooks offer 100 GB of online storage from Google Drive which is free for two years after which users will be charged $2 a month for the privilege of storing documents on Google’s servers. Users who choose not to pay can continue to access their existing files but won’t be able to add any new ones.

Free phone support.

Users can call the company directly to get their Chromebook questions answered. Or visit Chromebooks help to request a call back or chat with chromebooks technician.

Inexpensive.

Chromebooks are cheaper than Windows laptops and MacBooks in their segments, with several models available at $199. They are dramatically cheaper than MacBooks — a MacBook Air being more than four times the price of a Chromebook. As a result last year, there were five times more Chromebooks sold than MacBooks. Easy to manage and inexpensive, Chromebooks have become the first choice of schools with limited resources. According to NPD, a popular market research company, one out of five notebooks sold to schools in 2013 was a Chromebook, a number that is only expected to increase.

Very Low Maintenance.

Just like Chrome, a Chromebook automatically updates itself and apps installed, in the background. A user need not worry about doing any system maintenance or keeping his installed programs updated.

Fast.

The time Chromebooks take to boot up and resume from sleep is relatively fast. New Windows 8 devices claim to have caught up but they also tend to be comparatively expensive.

Use Microsoft Office

Contrary to popular belief that Chromebooks don’t have the full desktop version of Microsoft Office, which is true but Microsoft offers a completely free web-based version of Office called Office Online, complete with Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online. Microsoft even makes these apps available in the Chrome Web Store.

Like MacBook users, Chromebook users won’t have to worry about buying expensive antivirus software or getting their machines infected as Chromebooks are immune to Windows malware.

Chrome OS launcher can be used as a calculator.

A user can get quick calculations done by launching the new Chrome OS launcher. By typing in the problem and adding an equal sign at the end, it will offer the solution along with some other related calculations. Apart from simple calculations, the new Chrome OS launcher also works with simple and complex equations. The new Chrome OS launcher can also calculate some unit conversions such as inches to centimetres or ounces to grams. A user will only need to type the number and unit identifier. For example: Try “8 ounces in grams.” Tip: Put the resulting unit identifier last.

If the user is someone who uses a computer primarily for browsing the web most of the time, Windows and even Mac desktops tend to be unnecessarily complicated and can confuse them. Chromebooks are designed for being used primarily as browsers and are just simpler if that’s all a user needs.

Run on Google Cloud Platform

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Nowadays, in an endeavor to stay ahead in the competition, more and more companies are migrating to cloud to carry out their day-to-day business activities seamlessly. The Google Cloud Platform may just be the answer to be there where the future is.

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Google Cloud Platform provides flexible virtual machines as well as a fully managed platform, enabling the customers to select a system matching the specific requirements of the clients. In a situation when you only intend to pay attention to the code, use Google’s app engine, the platform-as-a-service, with no concerns of maintenance and patching.

Be it storage, application or computing services for mobile, backend or internet solutions, cloud platform makes the deployment a smooth and hassle-free experience for your organization.

Google, as a cloud services provider, employs most sophisticated software-defined networking and offers best caching services to deliver optimal, quick and reliable performance. As the company enjoys a worldwide presence, your data can be automatically copied through storage gadgets across many geographies. Once a company hosts the developed applications on Google cloud platform, it does not need to harbor any concerns with respect to system administration. The applications, storage servers and also database is managed by one the most-reputed tech giants – Google. So, it saves your time and efforts that would otherwise go in taking care of the system administration.

Moreover, running applications on the Google Cloud Platform frees the company of the concerns related to server configuration, load balancing, database administration and sharing as these issues are taken care of by Google.

Integration with development tools such as eclipse simplifies the development as desired by the customers. It also offers a command-line interface as well as API client libraries. Additionally, it allows the subscriber companies to view as well as handle all the apps from just one console. How well an app is functioning can be seen with a simple interface. The cloud platform also takes care of the billing as well as account management.

Google Cloud Platform has been made in such a way that it can scale up even in scenarios whenever a massive upsurge in traffic is witnessed. Cloud Datastore and App Engine are such services that provide automatic scaling, allowing the specific app to grow with the users. This brings down the overall company expenses incurred on purchasing software and thereafter incurring overhead expenses on its repair and maintenance. The company has to pay for the software licenses purchased irrespective of the usage across the total number of computer systems whereas in the case of Cloud platform, the companies only pay for those computing resources that are utilized.

Further, it offers reliable and also quick performance throughout the range of application, computing and storage services. The applications offer steady performance to the customers with robust processing. As a consequence, latency is considerably reduced.

In addition to these benefits, the companies that go for Google Cloud platform get access to community based support that covers documentation, resources and training content. This support is offered free of cost. On top of it, the concerns and problems of the customers can be resolved by the team of specialists providing 24*7 support over phone.

Brio Technologies has carved a niche for itself in providing qualitative Google Cloud Platform services to its customer base spanning the globe. The experts at Brio ensure fast and seamless deployment of the software technology offering complete support to its clients regarding any issues that crop up in running applications hosted on the Google Cloud platform.