BetaNews: Microsoft Office is now available for all Chromebooks . “A key piece of software that has been missing from Chromebooks is now available to everyone — Microsoft Office. Microsoft has made its office suite available for a range of platforms over the years, but Chromebook support has been notable by its absence. Now, without announcement from the company, this changes.”
Digital Trends: How to install Android apps on a Chromebook. “Many new Chromebooks were made to run the Google Play Store and install Android apps, including the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and Google’s own Pixelbook. These come with the Play Store pre-installed and ready to go. If yours is one of those, then jump ahead to step one to get started. If you have an older Chromebook, don’t fret — it’s still possible to get Android apps on your laptop.”
Digital Trends: Turn Your Chromebook Into A Killer Workstation With The Best Android Apps On Chrome OS. “Google opened up its Chrome OS platform a while back, bringing its massive Android ecosystem to the ultra-light operating system. That means you can install Android apps on your Chromebook, that light, little thing running on a modified version of the Chrome browser. That’s over 2.5 million apps! With that in mind, we went ahead and sorted through the Google Play store for the best Chrome OS Android apps currently available.”
Ars Technica: How to install Linux on a Chromebook (and why you should). “Chromebooks are one of the most secure devices you can give a non-technical end user, and at a price point few can argue with, but that security comes with a privacy trade off: you have to trust Google, which is part of the NSA’s Prism programme, with your data in the cloud.”
Digital Trends: Password-free Tethered Internet May Soon Head To Google Chromebooks. “The latest Chrome OS Canary build has a new feature in it called ‘Instant Tethering,’ which makes it possible to automatically tether the laptop to your phone in the absence of an internet connection, without prompting. The feature doesn’t work properly just yet, according to reports, but it is present in the new build, suggesting that it’s something that could show up on Chromebooks in the near future.”
New York Times: How Google Took Over the Classroom. “In the space of just five years, Google has helped upend the sales methods companies use to place their products in classrooms. It has enlisted teachers and administrators to promote Google’s products to other schools. It has directly reached out to educators to test its products — effectively bypassing senior district officials. And it has outmaneuvered Apple and Microsoft with a powerful combination of low-cost laptops, called Chromebooks, and free classroom apps.” This is a long read, but worth it.
Google has launched a new line of Chromebooks and I must say they look pretty good. “Look out for new Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, and Lenovo in addition to the recently announced Samsung Chromebooks—a powerful option for educators. With new apps, stylus and touch capabilities, we expect our partners will continue to build an even wider variety of Chromebooks in the future, including detachables and tablets.”