01 Nov Neverware’s Cloudready OS Transforms Old PCs and Macs into Chromebooks
Neverware founder Jonathan Hefter helps schools lower technology costs by configuring their old computers to function like a Chromebook.
Consumers have a habit of replacing computers every few years when their specs seem too “outdated” to enable efficient multitasking. Neverware founder Jonathan Hefter thinks that mentality is wasteful and undercuts opportunities to put technology in the hands of all American students.
Since 2011, Neverware has brought new value to old computers that would otherwise be mined for parts or discarded. Hefter, for instance, uses a 2008 Dell laptop. Even if old laptops aren’t equipped to keep up with the latest games and apps, they still have latent power that programmers can tap into. In partnership with Google, Neverware developed an operating system known as Cloudready, which mimics the browser-based functionality of the Google Chrome OS.
Cloudready is compatible with PCs and Macs and utilizes Google Apps, just like a Chromebook. Since the majority of software runs in a Web browser, old computers with outdated processors can run smoothly without straining to retrieve data from a hard drive. The OS works with computers manufactured in the last eight years, and users can easily install it from a USB drive.
Neverware charges on $59 for a lifetime license per machine and four years of tech support, making this an attractive option for schools that don’t have the budget for one-to-one programs. An annual license is $25, and the company projects that Cloudready can add four years of lifespan for most computers.
Many schools make incremental Chromebook purchases to boost their media rooms and put more mobile carts in circulation. Cloudready may be the key to helping districts expand their technology initiatives and run low-cost pilot programs before committing to large Chromebook purchases.
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