Google has acquired startup Neverware, which is transforming old Windows 7 computers into Chrome OS devices through CloudReady.
CloudReady may be the perfect solution for those who continue to stick to old Windows 7 computers, even though Microsoft has stopped offering free patches since January 15th.
CloudReady gets patches and fixes just like Chrome OS, introduced every six weeks, and is perfect for the average user who doesn’t want to venture into the world of Linux.
CloudReady is typically offered to schools to bring legacy PCs to life with G Suite for Education.
Devices are managed through the Google Supervision unit, and companies and individuals can use it as well, and old Mac computers can also run CloudReady.
The Home Edition comes for free, but it does not integrate with the Google Moderation Unit, and it lacks technical support.
An educational subscription costs $ 20 per year per device with one-year technical support, while an institutional subscription costs $ 49 per year per device and technical support for one year.
In a statement, Neverware said: Neverware and CloudReady are joining Google and the Chrome OS team.
It added: Given that CloudReady has become an official dependency of Chrome OS, you can expect the release mechanisms to be compatible with official releases of Chrome OS.
The company says: It is committed to supporting educational institution customers and existing customers, and there is no plan to change prices at the present time, and Google respects any existing multi-year licenses.
Neverware was founded in 2011 and CloudReady launched in 2015.
It is mentioned that there is no going back to Windows after installing CloudReady, and accessing the local disk becomes difficult; Because CloudReady relies almost entirely on Google Drive for storage.
One of the few negative aspects of Neverware’s operating system was that it was not officially supported by Google, which means that Android applications cannot be installed across devices running it, even though it is based on the Chromium project.
Google’s direct support makes it more attractive to schools and companies, as they can get help directly from the company if they have any technical issues.