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Chromebooks Near 50 Percent Share of Education Market in US

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Students love Chromebooks

Chromebooks are now the single biggest selling education device in the United States, Google’s Sundar Pichai has revealed.

Pichai says the devices are fast approaching a commanding 50 percent share of the education market, the rest being split between Macs and Windows devices. This is a huge leap on the mere 5 percent Chromebooks had just 18 months ago.

Speaking during Google’s work-focused Atmosphere Live event, the Chrome, Android and Apps lead also announced that Google Drive has passed 240 million active users — up from just 190 million in June 2014.

Google tend to report ‘active users’ as those who have interacted with a service during a 30-day period — meaning 240 million people have accessed the cloud storage service at least once in the past month.

The search giant recently unveiled ‘Drive for Education‘, which offers Google Apps for Education customers free, unlimited Google Drive storage. Or, as they describe it, “…an infinitely large, ultra-secure and entirely free book bag for the 21st century.”

Watch Sundar’s #Atmosphere14 Talk

You can see Sundar’s Atmosphere talk (25 mins) in the video below — but don’t expect a surprise-laden Google I/O address.

  • Tomasz Wartalski

    Is that Sony Smartwatch 3 on Sundar’s hand?

  • Lukas

    I use my Chromebook Acer C720 for my High School and IT course. Best thing I’ve ever purchased. It does everything I need, I can write up all my notes quickly, and have it backed up every 2 seconds. I can search a problem I have on Google. I can watch YouTube by the press of 2 buttons. And when I get home, I can still use it to browse the web and more. Truly the best computer for anybody that needs a school laptop that is light, easy to use, and has endless capabilities.
    (Plus you can dual boot Ubuntu on it and unlock its TRUE potential ;) )

    • NightShrimp

      I’ve got an HP Chromebook 14 that I use for high school too. My friends criticize it and say it can’t do anything, but I just laugh at them when their windoze laptops start installing updates that take 20 minutes to install, and when their computers lag or crash. It’s a very valuable asset, and my GPA has gone up from a 3.0 to a 3.6 since I’ve gotten it.

      • Daniel

        I have a HP Chromebook 14 too :) High five!

        • othesick

          would you buy the new 14? i think it looks good

      • othesick

        what do you think of the new hp 14?

    • othesick

      they are also really cheap. you dont have to worry if you break it as opposed to a mac. even if its the ssd that breaks no data is really lost. awesome. im still baffled people were mocking chromebooks a while back. technology is advancing just because you dont understand it doesnt mean its stupid

  • Boothy

    And how many of these children will continue to use Chromebooks once they leave education?
    How many of them may become IT decision makers later in life?
    We know people don’t like change (look at Windows 8’s reception), and will carry on using “what they know”, and works.
    One of the biggest obstacle to ChromeOS adoption, is people’s unwillingness to try something new.
    “Oh, I know Windows”, “Oh, I know office” ………
    The next generation will have grown up with web technologies, and Chrome (50%).
    I’m sure Google knows this, and is in for the long haul!

    • sonicyoof

      Yeah this is deadly for Windows and MS Office. Chrome OS and Google Drive/Docs are free (not to mention their Office suite requires no installation). Do you think people are going to want to pay for Windows and MS Office after growing up on Google’s offerings?

      • AbbyZFresh

        And you think Microsoft is sitting on their backs not doing something about it?

        • sonicyoof

          Not likely, people generally don’t sit on their backs.

          But I didn’t say they aren’t doing anything about anyways.

          • Tomfoolery

            hahahahaha! good response.

        • othesick

          have you seen the response to the windows 9/10/whatever? most people dont like it. its like some weird windows 8 windows 7 mutation. also microsoft are releasing chromebook wannabes. i cant describe them anyother way. they are trying to do something about it but nothing seems to be getting any good responses from the tech community as a whole

      • othesick

        there once was a time when people paid for internet browsers. i believe operating systems will be next to become free. look at mac. so many free alternatives to microsoft office. libre office, googles suite. most of the features in office people never use anyway. great to see more stuff becoming open source. tired of microsofts stupid windows code verification bullshit

        • I agree with the “stupid windows code verification” being annoying. Regarding your other options they all pale in comparison to office. I have to support all of them. Open Office had to many problems with a simple thing such as copy and paste. Libre is much better but still has too many support problems compared to office. It isn’t as polished or full featured. Google suite is even less featured and being web based is just very slow. It is getting better but so is everyone else also.

          You won’t find many business offices straying away from Office.

          • othesick

            i agree. companies will always go with the best and most reliable option. i never meant that any other way. business more than likely need those features, i was talking about the regular user. my point wasnt even about word processors. i was merely using them as an example of free alternatives and how operating systems will go the same way. with free versions already available and becoming major competitors to microsoft they will more than likely go free eventually to stay relevant. just my prediction.

  • Nathaniel Webb

    As IT support for a large Education institution, I dream of the days we get to stop supporting Microsoft and go Apps for Education. Typing this from my c720 right now.

    • Soraya Xel

      Lemme know how that goes, lol. Probably not as rosy as you think. ;) You will either be out of a job, or you’ll be working just as hard to workaround Google’s limitations. Either way, the grass isn’t greener.

  • Michael Lee

    people will always fear change. I tried out the chromebook 14 at a Best Buy. At the same time my 7 year old played with a Asus chromebook. We both are in love, so it will be an early christmas. We do some much on the web and CDs are so last generation. Google is ahead of the curve, this is the future of computing.


    • Soraya Xel

      It’s not fearing change, it’s mourning stupidity. Putting Chromebooks in schools is trading away our children’s future.

    • Soraya Xel

      And Google isn’t “ahead of the curve”. Their entire platform is dated, and they’re too big and too stuck in their ways to innovate. Every “innovation” they’ve announced in years was just a different company they bought and rebranded.

      Betting on Google is categorically stupid at this point.