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New Chromebooks and Virtualization of Chromebooks!

posted Jan 17, 2013, 7:22 AM by Stacy Behmer   [ updated Jan 17, 2013, 11:50 AM ]
For schools: The new Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook
Google's newest partner Lenovo has announced a Chromebook based on their popular ThinkPad laptop. Meet the new Lenovo ThinkPad X131e ChromebookClassrooms have unique hardware and software needs and this new Chromebook combines the hassle-free experience of Chrome OS with the ThinkPad’s rugged design for the classroom environment. With specialized features like a rubber bumper around the top cover, stronger corners, reinforced hinges and hinge brackets, and a high definition (HD) LED anti-glare screen, the Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is ready for schools. Lasting up to 6.5 hours* with a latest-generation Intel processor, the ThinkPad Chromebook will keep up with even the most active students and teachers. Read more in Google's Blog Post.

Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular in schools.  But what about schools that still use Windows applications?  There was a  Google Hangout on Air - Virtualization for Chromebooks - that featured an interactive discussion between a panel of current Chromebook schools/districts on enabling Windows application access with virtualization. In addition, Richland School District 2 shared some ways they use Ericom's AccessNow HTML5 RDP solution for accessing Windows applications from Chromebooks.

Take a look at the Hangout: