The latter part of the title to this post is what makes this not-so-formal announcement really interesting.
Google apparently/allegedly plans to offer:
- Notebook computers with their Chrome OS
- They'll be available for "purchase" in June/July
- They can be purchased as part of a subscription service for $10-$20 per month per user
- Google will provide hardware refreshes as they are released
- Google will replace faulty hardware for the life of the subscription
The first thing I thought about when I read this was all the people who may not be able to afford a notebook computer at all that *may* now have access to a computer much easier now. I say "may" because a subscription-based model leads me to believe that there will be some sort of credit check and contract required and some people that can't afford a notebook (not even a cheap one) may not be approved.
Aside from that, leasing a computer that you will presumably download software/OS updates to via wireless and get FREE hardware refreshes as they are released is a pretty big deal. Hardware refreshes for the life of a device is pretty big. I wonder what the full description of a "hardware refresh" will be though.
In any event, this is a very interesting move by Google and reinforces my theory that they are out to takeover the entire world. You can check out the full post where I learned all of this information by clicking the link below:
Exclusive: Chrome notebooks confirmed to be released June/July
Also, more on Google Chrome OS:
Google Chrome OS