Google is now launching a new Chromebook enterprise device that will draw more attention to Google’s devices instead of windows powered laptops. Because Microsoft has dominated the enterprise computer for many years. But as the business increased and the company modernizing the fleet of devices, there’s an opportunity for competitors to challenge Windows.
Google is partnering with Dell which is Microsoft’s biggest partners in order to help push new Chromebook Enterprise laptops into businesses. For that Dell is launching Chrome OS a pair of its popular business-focused Latitude laptops. It offers both a regular clamshell design and a 2 in 1 option. It might look like two existing windows laptops repurposed for Chrome OS. Google and Dell have been working together for more than a year to ensure the quality of new Chromebook enterprise laptops are ready for the IT needs.
It includes bundling a range of Dell’s cloud-based support services which allows admins to have greater control over how these Chromebooks are rolled out inside the businesses. It also means that IT admins can easily integrate those Chromebooks into existing Windows environments and manage them through tools like VMware Workspace One. Microsofts and its partners’ are offering a range of admin tools for years that makes it very easy to customize and control Windows-based devices.
Businesses will be able to choose from two latitudes Dell’s 14-inch Latitude 5400 ($699) or the 13-inch Latitude 5300 2-in-1 ($819) and will pack up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPUs. It would be the first Chromebooks to offer up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and enterprise-class SSDs of up to 1TB. They can be configured with LTE radios connections up to 450 Mbps. The processors’ options are a little bit disappointing considering Intel just announced new 10th Gen processors.
Both devices will also offer LTE options and USB-C docking, on the other hand, Google is teaming up with a number of OEMs to better target enterprise customers. Dell is the first OEM to announce Chromebook enterprise laptops and there would be more. You could imagine if HP and Lenovo collaborate to offer Chromebook Enterprise laptops in the future. This integration in return benefits OEMs as they can group a larger stack of software and services on a Chromebook targeted at businesses.
Microsoft response to this new enterprise explains that the company has steadily been trying to counter Chrome OS with cheaper Windows-based laptops, but that is not a modern OS challenge. Microsoft is working on a Windows Lite version of its operating system that will be more cloud-powered to compete with Chrome OS. This version of Windows could help Microsoft better compete with the modern benefits of Chrome OS. Microsoft tried to counter Chrome OS with efforts like Windows 10 S in the past.
Google partnership with Dell is a big warning shot to Microsoft and its windows dominance. But it will be up to Google and its partner that how it proves their work.