ASUS to launch a Chromebook this year?

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For most people, all they need is an internet browser. They don’t really need “apps”, in the traditional sense or the word, nor do they care about having a big old hard drive since they’ve become accustomed to streaming everything. And thus, Chromebooks were born. HP makes one, so does Samsung, Acer, and even Google themselves, but according to DigiTimes, ASUS is going to join Team Chromebook at some point in the fourth quarter of this year.

Why? The company originally had plans to ship 22 to 24 million notebooks this year, but because no one really likes Windows 8, they’ve reduced that figure to 17 million to 19 million. More importantly, because Windows 8 “needs” a touch screen, it’s making it difficult for the company to sell machines that would’ve otherwise sold without a touch sensor, and thus a lower price tag.

Do I have any specs or photographs or suggest retail price to share? No, No, and No.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adamg.biz Adam Greenblum

    Chromebooks got off to a rocky start when they were first released, but Google has finally started to get the Chromebook concept message across to more and more manufacturers, retailers, analysts and users.

    But what about Chromebook users that need to access Windows applications like Microsoft office? They can try products like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP solution that enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Servers and/or VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications or desktops in a browser tab.

    There’s nothing to install on the Chromebook, so AcccessNow is easy to deploy and manage.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:
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