Google Chromebox Gets Better For Big Business Meetings

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Early last year, Google announced the launch of the Chromebox for meetings, a very small desktop PC that runs Chrome OS coupled equipment for hosting video conference calls.

On Wednesday, the company announced an expansion of Chromebox to support larger meeting rooms or groups of up to 20 who wish to sync with colleagues around the world and "still feel like they’re in the same place."

New hardware to support larger rooms includes a USB-enabled 1080 HD PTZ pan-tilt zoom camera for better video quality, an additional mic and speaker, and enhanced dual screen support so you can connect two monitors to the camera and dual microphone/speakers.

It also adds full-screen mode for any sized meeting room powered by Chrome and more management controls.

"We’re adding more Chrome management controls to the admin panel," says Senior Product Manager Vidya Nagarajan. "Admins can remotely monitor the health of their Chrome devices in one simple view to see which devices are online or offline. Chrome management also lets admins delegate administration of devices to other users besides the super admin."

"Managing and deploying Chromebox for meetings for the large room is still just as simple," Nagarajan adds. "Chromebox for meetings runs on Chrome OS, which means it’s fast, secure and easy to manage. And setup and deployment for larger rooms is still just as easy — with Chrome management, admins can deploy devices in minutes and remotely manage tens of thousands of devices."

The new Chromebox for meetings for the large room will cost $1999, and is available only in the U.S. for now. The price includes the first year's management and support fee.

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