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Google Debuts Enterprise 'Grab and Go' for Chromebook LoanersGoogle Debuts Enterprise 'Grab and Go' for Chromebook Loaners

Like the name says: Enterprises can let employees in need of a loaner Chromebook just grab one and go.

Mitch Wagner

July 17, 2018

5 Min Read
Google Debuts Enterprise 'Grab and Go' for Chromebook Loaners

Google is rolling out a "Grab and Go" service to allow enterprises to easily loan Chromebooks to employees with short-term needs, the company announced Tuesday.

Employees of enterprises enrolled in the Chrome Enterprise Grab and Go program "can pick up a Chromebook and get to work in the time it takes to enter their password," a Google spokesperson said in an email. The service is designed for loaners, fleets of shared devices, machines used by front-line workers, and cloud workers on the go.

The service reduces productivity loss due to employees having to deal with devices that are down for services, according to a company blog post scheduled to go live Tuesday. "When an employee's device is not working, the impact goes beyond the cost of replacement. There are the hours employees devote to troubleshooting devices instead of completing projects. Then there's the time your IT team spends on repair and replacement when they could be focusing on more strategic initiatives," Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) says.

With the grab and go program, employees needing a new device can get to work as soon as the loaner Chromebook is in their hands. "Because their work is already stored in the cloud, they can jump back into projects immediately, as if they never left their old device," Google says.

Figure 1: No, not that kind of grab and go. No, not that kind of grab and go.

About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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