Google launched the Chromebox for Meetings today, designed by popular electronics manufacturer ASUS, for $999 USD. The platform will use the power of Chrome OS coupled with Google Hangouts to bring meetings to up to 15 participants. Anyone with a Gmail account and Hangouts will be able to join a meeting hosted by someone with this Chromebox. The ability for presenters to display documents from Google Drive and desktop users to share screens adds to the ease of use.
This is not the first time that ASUS and Google have partnered up to create high-end technology that is very functional for a reasonable price in a given field. The Chromebox features a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, HDMI port, Ethernet port, and built-in dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. Other peripherals include a full HD 1080p Carl Zeiss-lensed camera, an omni-directional speakerphone unit, and a remote control that has a full QWERTY keyboard on the rear of the remote.
Google is looking to bring stability and ease of access to the cluttered world of business meetings. Could this be the telecommunications revolution that enterprise needs? Streamlining the amount of equipment needed and piping traffic through Google’s almost-always reliable servers could be just the solution that some companies might not have realized they desperately needed.
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