Starting August 2019, Chrome Education license will become Chrome Education Upgrade

The Chrome Education license has been rebranded from the Chrome Education license to Chrome Education Upgrade. This is because the Chrome Education is more than just management; it’s the full strength of the OS as well.

Research shows the term ‘license’ limits what the market believes Chrome can do. Chrome OS and Education are more than management of devices. The Chrome OS and Browser enable school districts and companies to streamline deployment, have access to granular controls and to seamlessly integrate.


This is a multi-purpose upgrade that gives you access to all the settings and policies that can be configured for your organization’s Chrome devices.

Manage your school or district’s Chrome devices from a single place with Chrome Device Management. Configure Chrome features for users, set up Chrome device access to VPNs and Wi-Fi networks, force install Chrome apps and extensions, and more.

You can apply each setting to specific groups of users or to everyone in the organization. Most settings provide the option of enforcing a particular configuration or letting the user choose. For example, administrators can lock a device down in to Kiosk mode for safe and secure, online student assessment.

Chrome Devices are easy to setup and manage, quick to start up, and have a battery life that lasts through the school day. The main differences to consider among models are price, size, and optional features like touchscreen capability.

For Chromebooks, we recommend at least 4GB of RAM for better performance when browsing with multiple tabs or running complex applications. Advantages of Chromebooks include:

Students can sign into their accounts from any Chromebook, boot up in seconds, access their personal files and pick up where they left off. Guest mode lets anyone use the device without granting access to personal documents.

Built-in virus protection and multiple layers of security ensure schools don’t have to worry about viruses and malware.

Configure Chromebooks and manage theirtext-decoration: underline;the browser. Chromebook software updates automatically, so there’s nothing to worry about after the initial setup, and they won’t slow down over time.

AUE Overview

Chrome devices receive automatic updates regularly that enhance both the device itself and the software on the device. Chrome device updates are designed to be simple for the user and, therefore, include updates to the device, Chrome operating system, browser and firmware. However, end-to-end updates for all our devices to ensure the highest levels of security requires dependencies on many third-party hardware and software providers so we cannot indefinitely ensure that older Chrome devices will receive updates to enable new OS and browser features.

General Policy

  • Each device has an Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date listed here. This means that before this date, devices will receive new software updates from Google.
  • Google provides each new hardware platform with 6.5 years of Auto Update support. Multiple devices can share the same hardware platform. The 6.5 years starts when the first device on the platform is released.
    • Manufacturers are advised to choose the newest platforms to ensure that they produce devices that have the longest Auto Update support available.
  • When a device reaches AUE, it means that automatic software updates from Google will no longer be provided.
  • For more information on AUE, click here.

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