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    Chromebooks and Office365

    Hi,

    We are looking into Chromebooks as replacements for our aging Laptops. We are part of London Grid for Learning and as such all our students have School email addresses through which they get access to Skydrive and Microsoft Office Live . Would using a Chromebook push us towards Google Apps or would the Chromebook quite happily work with MS Office Live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Hi,

    We are looking into Chromebooks as replacements for our aging Laptops. We are part of London Grid for Learning and as such all our students have School email addresses through which they get access to Skydrive and Microsoft Office Live . Would using a Chromebook push us towards Google Apps or would the Chromebook quite happily work with MS Office Live?
    In all honesty Google Apps is so much better than Office 365 anyway!
    Google Apps integrates seamlessly with Windows, Android, Apples and Chromebooks - so it would be a pretty obvious choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    In all honesty Google Apps is so much better than Office 365 anyway!
    Google Apps integrates seamlessly with Windows, Android, Apples and Chromebooks - so it would be a pretty obvious choice!
    Its not that we dont want to use Google Apps its just that the students already have email addresses supplied by LGFL that link into MS Office Live. As far as I know to use Google Apps you would need to register with a Gmail account?? We dont want the students to have another email address to use. They need to continue using the one issued by LGFL.

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    Is anyone out there actually using Chromebooks in School?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Is anyone out there actually using Chromebooks in School?
    yes, we have a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Hi,

    We are looking into Chromebooks as replacements for our aging Laptops. We are part of London Grid for Learning and as such all our students have School email addresses through which they get access to Skydrive and Microsoft Office Live . Would using a Chromebook push us towards Google Apps or would the Chromebook quite happily work with MS Office Live?
    It'll push, the whole OS is a big ad/snare to push you in to Googles online stuff.

    You'd be much better off with some W8 tablets with the Atom chips, basically netbooks but also tablets and will play very nicely with Live@edu/365. Better hardware too.
    Last edited by SYNACK; 14th December 2012 at 12:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    yes, we have a few.
    Do you have the management console to go with these? Does each user have to log in to the Chromebook with a Google Account?


    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    It'll push, the whole OS is a big ad/snare to push you in to Googles online stuff.

    You'd be much better off with some W8 tablets with the Atom chips, basically netbooks but also tablets and will play very nicely with Live@edu/365. Better hardware too.
    It was the minimal maintenance side that attracted my boss and the fact they boot in 8 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    It was the minimal maintenance side that attracted my boss and the fact they boot in 8 seconds.
    SSDs in W8 tabs, 20 - 30 s boot, management side is still limited though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    SSDs in W8 tabs, 20 - 30 s boot, management side is still limited though.
    Price difference is quite a factor. New Samsung Chromebook wifi is only 229. Cheapest W8 tablet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Do you have the management console to go with these? Does each user have to log in to the Chromebook with a Google Account?
    If they were ours we'd use the management console but we don't manage them at all because they are all user owned devices, they just login with their school account.
    Its one of the reasons why a google apps domain is a good idea - with windows you can just manage windows (and OSX at a push) with a google apps domain you get more flexibility as you can manage android, IOS and chromebooks and it all integrates with AD. But like @SYNACK says - you might be better off paying the higher price for W8 if you can't get the decent tools.
    Last edited by CyberNerd; 14th December 2012 at 02:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Its one of the reasons why a google apps domain is a good idea - with windows you can just manage windows (and OSX at a push) with a google apps domain you get more flexibility.
    What is a Google Apps Domain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    I guess with a Chromebook you cant get away from Google Apps. We would just want to get on the net and then use our existing Office Live Apps without having to log in using a Google Account. The kids already have email accounts with MS through LGFL so I dont want to be creating new Google accounts for all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    I guess with a Chromebook you cant get away from Google Apps. We would just want to get on the net and then use our existing Office Live Apps without having to log in using a Google Account. The kids already have email accounts with MS through LGFL so I dont want to be creating new Google accounts for all of them.
    I guess. live/365 is a bad choice for anything other than MS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    I guess. live/365 is a bad choice for anything other than MS.
    I had no say. It was all done and dusted before I started working here.

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