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- CRN, Stone takes a shine to Chrome to plug netbook gap
New Google/Stone relationship sealed with first Chromebook offering to education customers
BETT, 30th January 2013 – Stone Group, the ICT services provider specifically for the public sector, today announced that it will offer Samsung’s Chromebook to the education sector. This is the first product running the Google Chrome Operating System to be offered to its customers by Stone Group.
The Chromebook is ideal for students and teachers because of its internet focused design and user experience. Ideal for online learning or integrating online content into lessons, the Chromebook is a simple, scalable and affordable way of putting learning into the hands of pupils.
Samsung’s Chromebook is characterized by its lightness, durability, and 6.5 hour battery life, making it the perfect portable web-centric device for a busy classroom. Google apps are built in, making content and information easy to share.
The Chromebook significantly simplifies end user device management by utilizing cloud services. A software free environment negates the need for any machine imaging to be done, reducing device administration and the need for costly software upgrades.
Through the Chromebook management console, user privileges and applications can be simply administered and news users can be up and running within minutes. As part of the partnership, Stone’s Professional Services Team will be undertaking implementations of the management console in addition to providing consultancy and support with integration work.
“The Samsung Chromebook is designed for learning from the web,” said Simon Harbridge, CEO at Stone Group. “With many of our 4,000 education establishment customers looking to get learning online for less, we see the Chromebook as a fantastic option.”
“At Google we believe that technology transforms the learning experience. Chromebooks make classroom time more efficient and prepare students for the workplace of tomorrow,” said Jaime Casap, Google’s Global Education Evangelist. “We’re excited about Stone Group’s work to increase access to technology in schools throughout the UK.”
Samsung’s Google Chromebook can be viewed and demonstrated on Stone’s stand at BETT 2013, c70.