Google has made no secret of its aim to push Chromebooks in the business sector. Notebooks powered by its cloud based OS have already proved to be quite popular with students. Today it made a couple of announcements geared towards businesses that are powered by Chromebooks, including a new subscription option which provides them with access to advanced management and support features for $50 per device, per annum.

In order to access the advanced Chrome OS support and management features businesses can now either pay a one-time fee of $150 or if they want, they can go with the $50 per device/year option instead. Increased flexibility with pricing will appeal to businesses that are running two-year or less upgrade cycles for Chromebooks.

Single sign-on is an advanced feature that has been announced today, allowing users to log in with the same credentials and identity provider that they use throughout the rest of their organization. Google is working on multiple sign-in which will allow users to use work and personal accounts on one single Chromebook. A couple of updates particularly deal with making it easier for IT administrators to manage Chromebooks on business networks.

Google’s new flexible pricing is initially available only in the U.S. and Canada but will be expanded to other regions. There’s support for licensing portability which means if a Chromebook is lost or replaced the existing license can be applied to a new Chromebook.

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