One of the nice things about Chromebooks is that Google pushes out software updates automatically which means that security patches, new features, and other enhancements are just about always at your fingertips. But if you buy a Chromebook today, how do you know you’ll still get updates in a few years?
Well, if you’re an Enterprise of Education customers, Google is promising official support and OS updates for at least 4 years from the time the Chromebook or Chromebox launches.
That means a Toshiba Chromebook you pick up today will be officially supported through at least February, 2018. Customers who picked up an Acer C700 Chromebook a few years ago can expect support through July, 2015 and a newer Chromebook X720 will be supported through November, 2017 or later.
While Google isn’t making any promises about the consumer models of these Chromebooks, if Google plans to continue offering enterprise and education customers support it should be relatively trivial to keep the consumer versions of the same devices up to date.
Since not every Chromebook is offered to Enterprise and Education customers, Google hasn’t spelled out the end-of-life dates for every Chrome OS notebook. But you can find details for a number of models at the Chrome OS End of Life Policy page.
via Chrome Story