Google Chrome notebooks coming by subscription?

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Is a Google notebook by subscription in your future?

Though the first preview versions got somewhat mixed reviews, an “exclusive”  posted on neowin.net has an interesting twist on Google’s Chrome notebooks. According to the article, Google may be using a subscription model tied to Gmail for “selling” them. Whether this applies to all Gmail customers or Google apps premier is not known.

What is interesting is how this might work for educational institutions that have a laptop requirement for all students or those who have migrated their email and productivity suites to Google apps. According to the neowin.net source, a $10 – $20 per month per user includes hardware refresh and replacement for faulty units for the life of the subscription.

Could this be a relatively low-cost way of delivering ubiquitous computing to students? What are the implications?

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About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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