Google announced a new addition to the Chromebook family with the Dell Chromebook 13, which is specifically geared toward business use. It also announced support for various work-related apps and enhancements to the Chrome Device Management Console.
Google says in a blog post, â€œToday, the new Dell Chromebook 13 joins the Asus Chromebook Flip and Chromebook Pixel in the Chromebook for Work lineup. Built with a lightweight carbon fiber cover, the laptop comes with a 13.3â€ FHD IPS touchscreen display, 5th Generation Intel Core processor, magnesium alloy palm rest, backlit keyboard and high-precision glass trackpad. And if youâ€™re often on the road or rushing between meetings, youâ€™ll have the machine power to keep moving, thanks to a 12-hour battery life.â€
â€œUsing Microsoft infrastructure?â€ it continues.â€No problem. Single sign-on and support for legacy apps mean Chromebooks can now plug right in with VMWare, Dell vWorkspace, or Citrixâ€™s improved Chrome receiver. Connecting to your files is even easier with Windows File Shares (SMB/CIFS), Box, Dropbox, or OneDrive. Need to print? Printing to local printers with Cloud Print 2.0 or to any existing printer using the improved Cloud Print CUPS connector is simple. With the help of a new API, HP supports over 100m+ printers with the HP Print for Chrome app. And connecting just got more seamless â€“VPN support from Pulse Secure and Dell SonicWall join Cisco AnyConnect on the Chrome Web Store (F5 Networks and Palo Alto Networks coming soon).â€
As far as enhancements to Chrome Device Management Console, theyâ€™ve added domain autocomplete and asset management in a bid to â€œmake IT admins lives easierâ€. According to a study from IDC, Chromebooks already require 92% less labor to support than other devices, so theyâ€™re already on well on the right path in that department.
The Dell Chromebook 13 starts at$399.00 and will be available starting September 17 in the U.S. and Canada but coming to the UK soon.