We have heard about Chromebook for some time now. Basically it is an OS that is based on cloud computing and all you have to do is log into your Google account, and that’s it. But you must have an internet connection in order for it to work.
Chromebooks are easy to use, have virus protection built-in, and keep going with a long-life battery, so you can, too. Chromebooks give you the best of Google. Gmail, Maps, Docs and pics safely stored in the cloud.
Now if you have an old (or new) PC or laptop laying around doing nothing, you can turn your computer into a Chromebook with CloudReady.
So what is CloudReady?
CloudReady is an operating system that is based on Chrome OS. But it has the added benefit that it can run on an older computers, essentially turning them into Chromebooks. It is built mainly for schools to be able to re-purpose old computers and avoid sluggish machines while saving money.
Those who are thinking of using this service at schools, have to pay about USD$59 per machine but it is bundled with Google Management console enrollment. While the free home version doesn’t come with the bundled software. So that means you won’t any support by Google.
Chromebook, or in this case, CloudReady has its limitations such as the need for an internet connection in order for it to work. However, CloudReady is making it simpler by having a dual-boot capability so you can have both Windows OS and Chrome OS in a same computer. When you boot up your computer, you have an option to either boot into Windows or into Chrome OS. Guess what? You can also install it inside a Mac machine with dual-boot as well. Cool eh?
If you’re a tech geek like me, you may want to give it a try. You can check whether your laptop is compatible with CloudReady or not. While most are compatible with dual-boot option, some computers are not compatible. If your computer is in the list, just head over to CloudReady website and download your Chrome OS.
I’m definitely downloading it and will give it a try. I will review about it as soon as possible, that if my old laptop is in the compatibility list.