New Google Chromebooks to get 8 years of security and feature updates

As Microsoft kills off free Windows 7 support, Google has announced that all new Chrome OS-based Chromebooks from 2020 and beyond will get eight years of security and feature updates. 

Google announced the increased support lifespan for new Chromebooks ahead of London’s BETT tech-education conference this week, which happens to be just one week after Microsoft delivered its final free security updates for the decade old Windows 7. 

Google’s new Chrome OS Automatic Update Expiration policy for security, stability and feature updates means customers can expect eight years of updates for Chromebooks models from 2020 and onwards. 

“If you’re considering refreshing your fleet or investing in new devices, now is a great time,” Google says

The new Chromebooks with an eight year lifespan includes the Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet and Acer Chromebook 712, which will get updates through to June 2028. That’s a two year bump up from its previous limit of six years.

Lenovo announced the Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet last week, offering students a rugged MediaTek-based Chromebook Tablet starting at USD$269, also announcing eight years support. But now it seems all new Chromebooks will get the extended support.

Acer just announced its new sturdy 12-inch Acer Chromebook 712 today, which features up to a 10th Gen Intel Core processor, a display that can open flat with a 3:2 aspect ratio at a 1366 x 912 pixel resolution, and a battery life of up to 12 hours.  

Education and commercial customers can get the Acer Chromebook with either 32 GB or 64 GB of eMMC storage and 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM. It will be available from €299 in EMEA in May, and USD $329.99 in March.

In Australia Google hasn’t yet replicated the success it’s had in the US education market with Chromebooks — perhaps because of the state of Australia’s broadband — but last year the company did launch a dedicated website to sell Chromebooks in the Australian market

It also sells them in Australia through JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Amazon Australia. Chromebooks accounted for 60% of laptops and tablets sold to education buyers in the US

Google earlier this month announced Chrome would support Windows 7 for at least 18 months, and also encouraged enterprise and education customers to use Windows 7 end-of-life to make the switch to Chromebooks, arguing that the rise of web-based apps negated the difference between the choice between Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS.  

Meanwhile Microsoft has launched its new Chromium-based version of Edge, which will support Windows 7, Windows 8.1, macOS, and Arm 64 devices. 


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