Given a choice between a Chromebook, a Windows laptop and an iPad, which device would your business choose? There’s no “right” answer, but for Florida-based Chapters Health System, it’s a Chromebook. Actually, it’s a bunch of Chromebooks as the company has deployed Chrome OS laptops and plans to add even more in the future.
It’s interesting to see why a majority of employees picked a Chromebook over the alternatives mainly because the reasons reiterate things I’ve said for the past two years. Rather than repeat myself, take a look at how employees ranked Chromebooks against Windows laptops and iPads for various attributes in this summary graphic posted on the Google Enterprise Blog:
Convenience and ease of use is one of the main drivers for many to choose a Chromebook. Yes, it’s a limited device; that doesn’t mean it’s a bad device. In the case of Chapters Health System, the IT department has installed Citrix XenApp via Receiver for access to legacy systems. The devices are easier to deploy and maintain for IT, which says Windows laptops used to take 40 minutes of setup time while the Chromebooks take around 5 minutes each. Plus, a quick wipe, or Powerwash as it’s called in Google Chrome OS, completely resets the device in a minute or two if needed.
Obviously, a Chromebook is not the best tool for every task or enterprise. Neither is Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X, however. And that’s why Microsoft is starting to take Chromebooks seriously by pushing hardware partners to make $200 Windows laptops this year.
That may help the issue of price in the value segment but it doesn’t do anything to bring convenience and ease of use compared to more expensive Windows laptops. That’s a problem.