Chrome Devices for Business and Education FAQ
Chrome devices can only print to printers you connect with Google Cloud Print. Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chrome device, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from. Learn more.
Chrome devices do not run client software applications, but they do run web applications. The web-based management console enables you set policies to define what Chrome Web Store applications and extensions are pre-installed, allowed, or blocked outright.
You can also have users in your organization create their own Chrome apps and extensions. And you can deploy these apps in a private collection in the Chrome Web Store that's only available to users in your organization. Learn more about private app collections.
Chrome devices run hundreds of thousands of available web applications. Many web applications are available as Chrome Web Apps or Chrome Extensions in the Chrome Web Store and top business applications are available in the Google Apps Marketplace.
Additionally, Chrome Devices for Education administrators can bulk purchase App Packs for education and preinstall them on their students Chrome devices. These App Packs are curated for grade level and save teachers time selecting what apps they want their students to use. Learn more about App Packs.
No. Chrome devices only run a browser, so they cannot run any other client software. If you need legacy software, you can remote into client software from a Chrome device. See the chapter on Remote Access and Virtualization in the Chrome Devices for Education Technical Planning Guide (PDF).
No. It's not possible to install or run any other browser on a Chrome device, because you can't run client software on it. The Chrome operating system runs Chrome only.
Each Chrome device has a solid-state drive and can store data locally. However the limited amount of data that a user stores means that most administrators won't need to back up a Chrome device. Note that your users' settings and preferences are stored in the cloud, so migration to a new machine is quick and painless.
Chrome devices have Flash support built-in, but they do not support Java or Silverlight. If you need Java, Silverlight, or other plug-in support, there are virtualization and remoting options you can use for Chrome devices. See the chapter on Remote Access and Virtualization in the Chrome Devices for Education Technical Planning Guide (PDF).