In order to get more businesses using Chromebooks, on Wednesday Google had added a new subscription service for businesses for USD 50 per device and year. The service is currently available in the US and Canada, with more regions to follow. If customers lose and replace a Chromebook then they can easily apply their existing license to a new device.
The company has also introduced some new work related features like single sign-on and multiple sign-in options. The features specifically focused on improving identity, manageability, virtualization, performance and pricing.
Now enterprises can use their existing sign-on service (basically those services which use SAML standard) such as CA SiteMinder, Microsoft AD FS, Okta, Ping Identity, SecureAuth, and SimpleSAMLphp to allow multiple sign-in to employees with their Chromebooks.
“Businesses, schools and government institutions can now easily provision Chromebooks with client certificates to access 802.1X EAP-TLS wireless networks and mutual TLS protected web resources,” said product manager Saswat Panigrahi. “Using the Admin Console, IT admins can pre-configure their secure networks, push certificate management extensions and pre-select certificates to be used with certain websites and networks. Partners such as Aruba Networks, Cloudpath Networks and Aerohive Networks have already integrated this functionality.”
For management, Admin Console allows IT administrators push a list of bookmarks and many other settings to signed-in workers on all platforms including mobile devices.
We’ve worked with virtualization partners like Citrix and VMware to expand the boundaries of what’s possible on Chromebooks, added Panigrahi. Recently, Citrix released a new Citrix Receiver optimized for Chromebooks, which provides more direct integration with Chromebooks and enables new features including seamless integration with Google Cloud Print; cut-and-paste between local and virtualized applications; better audio and video playback; improved license and application usage monitoring; and protection from end-to-end SSL connections.
Google recently partnered with Nvidia and VMware to speed the delivery of graphics-heavy virtualized applications to Chromebooks as well as can run 3-D modeling and simulation applications.