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Got a Need for Speed? Strap in with Google Chrome

Posted by Steve Holly, Product Manager, Chrome & Devices on May 21, 2018

Google Chrome race carA couple of months ago, I introduced you to Google Chrome OS and why today’s businesses can benefit from migrating away from Microsoft Windows. Now let’s examine the first of Chrome’s pillars, speed, and what it means for your enterprise.

Using Google Chrome devices, employees work primarily connected to the Internet. Since the devices run only Chrome OS or virtualized apps, software and documents are stored in the cloud — not on the computer’s hard drive. This has many benefits.

As we discussed, Google bases its innovative Chrome OS on these benefits known as the four pillars — speed, simplicity, security and shareability. Speed is the one that makes the Chrome experience a standout from the moment you turn on your device.

This lightweight, powerful OS, designed specifically for the cloud, delivers more performance with less hardware, resulting in a smooth, fast operating experience from the moment you boot up your Chrome device.

It’s true. Google Chrome boots in seconds and has an instant resume feature. Multiply reduced boot time across an entire enterprise of  these workplace collaboration devices. Eight seconds or less for 50 machines. One-hundred machines. One-thousand machines. The math doesn’t lie.

This quick start-up already elevates a Chrome-based organization to new levels of efficiency and productivity. But, that’s not all; Chrome remains fast once you’re up and running online.

Google Chrome doesn’t have to run AV/Malware software, which can bloat devices and drag them down to increasingly slower operating speeds, a common pitfall with Windows devices over time. They feature built-in virus protection and update automatically in the cloud, so when you’re online, you’ll always have the latest version without slowing down.

With the time savings from quick boot and fast operation all of the time, your enterprise will gain minutes, maybe even hours, back in any given week.

Because OS updates and patches happen in the background and only require a quick, 6-second reboot, users can get back to work immediately after an update. They don’t have to wait for 10 or 15 minutes or even an hour for the all-too-common,"Wait for X number of updates to be applied," message that they see in Windows.

Add up this time for one user over the course of a year then multiply by the number of employees; that 6-second OS update really adds up in productivity gains.

While Windows OS is familiar, familiarity doesn’t necessarily mean better. It certainly doesn’t mean faster.

Speed is just one of the pillars that makes Chrome OS a standout choice for the enterprise. In future blogs, we’ll cover the other three; simplicity, security and shareability. Ultimately, all four combine to create a cloud experience unlike any other.

Topics: Google Chrome, Workplace Cloud Collaboration

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Steve Holly, Product Manager, Chrome & Devices

Steve Holly, Product Manager, Chrome & Devices

Since 2008, Steve has been on the forefront of the transition to cloud-based services. He has helped companies like Whirlpool, Lexmark, Fujifilm America, Celestica, The New York Times, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation make the transition to Google’s cloud-based services. Steve spent six years in the Navy, where he got his start in computers. During his service, he visited Japan, Thailand, Bali, Austrailia, Hong Kong, and more.

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