The benefit of only using a browser is that all software resides on a web server. This means the HP Pavilion Chromebook can be made highly secure, where corporate IT provides access to all applications through an internal web server. But for general purpose use it needs an internet connection.
The device is most at home in a Google Enterprise environment, where users run Gmail and Google Docs office productivity tools and Web based Saas products like Salesforce.com and WorkDay. Danny Attias, CIO at Grass Roots Group, which runs Google Apps, said: “It is still early days for Chromebooks, as they can’t run everything yet. But it is only a matter of time.”