In order to encourage Windows XP users to switch to the cloud, Google announced a price drop for Chromebooks. Google is going to give $200 for each Chromebook that you buy. This is part of a campaign within the Chromebooks for Business service.
Google is going to give companies $100 for each Chromebook plus they will get another $100 off the Chromebook if they buy a service from VMware called Horizon Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
VMware’s Horizon service costs $35 per month per device. Horizon offers Windows and Windows apps over a corporate network over the Internet. This means that you could use your Windows desktop running in a window on a Chromebook through the cloud!
Chromebooks cost between $199 and $329, but businesses also may need to buy Google’s Management console and support at $150 per device. This feature lets one IT person manage the company’s Chromebooks. The IT person will have a central console to create and revoke corporate Google passwords.
Otherwise businesses can buy a Horizon competitor called Citrix XenApp Platinum Edition and receive a 25% discount.
Businesses will still have to pay Microsoft for licenses even if Windows is running from the cloud and is not actually installed on every device. Google’s $200 incentive off of a device may make the laptop purchase worthwhile though.
“Even Microsoft admits: it?s time for a change,” said Google’s Amit Singh in a blog post. Microsoft officially ended support for XP yesterday.