New Dell Chromebook Boasts Unique Cloud Features

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Dell has announced plans to launch its first 'Chromebook', a laptop using Google's Chrome operating system (OS). Dell's Chromebook will offer unique online storage features, including access to Wyse PocketCloud.

Chromebooks are budget-priced laptops designed for people who mainly use their computers for working and surfing online. The devices run an OS that's effectively an enhanced version of the Chrome Internet browser.

Because most of the actual processing work is done on Google computers, the hardware requirements of the Chromebook, and in turn its price, are much lower. Not having a full-blown operating system also means a quicker start-up.

The downside is that many functions are only available to those users who enjoy a fast and reliable Internet connection.

Current Models Use Google Storage

To date, all Chromebooks have been reliant on Google online services for storing files. That's because the devices have a very limited amount of on-board storage -- at least, when compared with a traditional laptop.

The new Dell offering, the 'Chromebook 11', includes access to a service called 'PocketCloud', run by Wyse.

Not only does this give users another option for storing files and accessing them on other devices, but they'll be able to use PocketCloud to remotely access documents created on another computer. (Source:

This will include the ability to edit documents made in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- programs that are not always accessible on existing Chromebook models.

New Chromebook Could Appeal to High Schools, Colleges

Dell believes this may appeal to schools and colleges that want access to Microsoft applications and files but need to buy a lot of computers and can't afford to spend too much money. (Source:

The solution is the so-called "thin client" set-up, meaning much of the processing and data storage is done centrally, with individual users only needing a cheap machine that doesn't have to be much more than a screen and keyboard.

While Dell is tackling the educational market first, chances are it will go on to target ordinary consumers. That would be a major boost for Google, which would see Chromebooks available through the four biggest PC manufacturers, including Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

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