In an effort to attract more businesses to Chromebooks, Google has announced several new features and a new pricing scheme for enterprise Chromebook users.
To start with, Google has added a new single sign-on feature that lets you log in with the same credentials and identity provider that you use in the rest of your organization. The feature supports most of the major providers that use the SAML standard, including CA SiteMinder, Microsoft AD FS, Okta, Ping Identity, SecureAuth, and SimpleSAMLphp. The latest versions of Chrome OS also support multiple sign-ins, which makes it easy to switch between work and personal accounts.
Next, Google has improved how Chromebooks manage certificates for wireless networks. Enterprises can now provision Chromebooks with client certificates to access 802.1X EAP-TLS wireless networks and mutual TLS protected web resources. Using the Admin Console, IT administrators can pre-configure their secure networks, push certificate management extensions, and pre-select certificates to be used with certain websites and networks.
Google has also made it easy to provision new workers or contractors with web apps on Chrome, working with companies like Citrix and VMware to provide virtualization options. They have also collaborated with Nvidia and VMware to speed the delivery of graphics-heavy virtualized applications to Chromebooks, allowing to seamlessly run 3D modeling and simulation applications often associated with heftier hardware.
As for pricing, users can get access to all of Google’s Chromebook for Work features for $50 per device per year. The new pricing option is currently only available to customers in the United States and Canada, with more regions on the way.
Google now also supports licensing portability, which means that in case you lose or replace your Chromebook, you can easily apply your existing license to a new device.