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Google Unveils Subscription-Based Chromebooks At I/O Conference

Google has unveiled the first notebooks that run on Chrome OS. The search giant announced on Wednesday at the Google I/O Developers’ conference held in San Francisco, California, that the notebooks, also known as Chromebooks, will be available in the UK, US, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Netherlands from June 15 onwards.

According to the company, the Chromebooks will offer schools, businesses and government organisations a combined software and hardware subscription, at a very modest price.

Businesses can subscribe to this latest offering for $28 per month per user; schools and government clients will pay $20 per month per user.

The company also revealed that the subscription packages will include enterprise level support, Web-based administration controls, hardware replacement and warranty with each subscription renewal and more.

The Chromebooks will be made by computer makers Acer and Samsung. While the Samsung’s models are likely to start at $429, the Acer models will come relatively cheaper, starting at $349.

"Chrome with Chrome OS and Chromebooks is venturing into a really new model of computing that I don't think was possible previously," Google co-founder Sergey Brin said at a news conference, Information Week reports.