Chromebook End of Life Policy

Chromebook End of Life PolicyGoogle only plans on supporting Chrome devices for a certain period of time. Google calls it the Chrome OS End of Life Policy. When a device reaches End of Life (EOL), it means that the product model is considered obsolete and automatic software updates from Google are no longer guaranteed.

 

Chromebook Support Period

The majority of Chromebooks will be supported for five years. Google has recently starting extending this amount by a few years. The new policy was necessary because Chromebook sales have been strongest to enterprises and educational organizations. Those entities needed some kind of guarantee that their investments would be protected, and that Google would not suddenly pull the support rug out from under them.

Chromebook EOL Dates

Google will provide advanced notice of a model’s EOL Date on this page as soon as it is launched, giving our customers time to make purchase decisions. EOL dates may be pushed later than the initial date published, but will never be sooner than listed, which will be at least 3 years for Android tablets for education and 5 years for Chrome devices from launch of the hardware.

Chrome device models that have not reached their EOL date will continue to receive OS updates and function with the Work and Education management service.

 

Google End of Life Policy Criticism

This EOL issue is a business model what they are really saying is hey you purchased this dirt cheap and you used it for X number of years and you got your moneys worth. The reason this is a bad business model is that it is a one way street it leaves the hardware manufacturer in the position of telling the consumer when they should be purchasing new equipment which as {Microsoft found out} is a pretty useless business model. Apple is doing the same thing if you purchased a first generation iPAD, its a paperweight now, $700 purchase and three years later its trash… Worth nothing… So eventually what happens is the brand erodes and people start to say things like Google is not as hip or as smart as they “Think they are” (in this case yep got to agree if you paid less than $200 for a device, you probably got your money out of it) and you can always load linux. just sayin

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