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Chromebooks End of Life, I'm Not Worried

Its hard to believe that it was 4 years ago this fall that I first found out what a Chromebook was. I was currently piloting a classroom set of iPads. My initial impression of Chromebooks was not good. There was very little you could do with a Chromebook. They were essentially an under-powered web browser and that was it. Now I have completely converted from iPads to Chromebooks and I have never really regretted it. Google's Apps for education has made the Chromebook an invaluable tool for the classroom.

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However, we will soon be facing the end of life on our initially purchased Chromebooks and we will have to start replacing some of these devices as they start to fail (having lived a full 5 years). This will start in late 2017 /early 2018.

Google officially supports the OS (operating system) on a Chromebook for 5 years. After that point, the device will no longer update. However, many apps support older versions of Google's Chrome Browser. After that, the device is most likely going to be decommissioned due to age or damage.


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