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British Business Switches To ChromeOS from Windows

by James Denison / April 1, 2015 4:59 AM PDT

This seems like a pretty good idea that solves several problems.

1) increased mobility
2) reduced cost
3) retain uniformity
4) ChromeOS, a proven linux based operating system
5) Google support
6) Good transition for workers, familiarizing even more computer users with Linux based systems.

"Microsoft's end of routine security patching and software updates on 8 April helped push the London borough of Barking and Dagenham to a decision it might otherwise not have taken over the fate of its 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 laptops.

"They were beginning to creak but they would have gone on for a while. It's fair to say if XP wasn't going out of life, we probably wouldn't be doing this now," Barking and Dagenham general manager IT Sheyne Lucock said.

Around one-eighth of corporate Windows XP users are moving away from Microsoft , according to recent Tech Pro Research.....

The third and eventually successful option was to look at Chrome OS and in particular Chrome Books and Chrome Boxes.

"There are a number of advantages there. One is that it's a browser and not just a thin client. So initially the Chromebooks and Chromeboxes will be used as thin-client terminals accessing published applications through Citrix," Lucock said.

The user experience would be little different from that under XP, with a Citrix storefront login screen taking them to familiar mapped drives and apps such as Office 2007. "

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