When Google first launched its Chromebook, the company promised three years of free automatic updates. But since then, Google has greatly increased its support for Chromebooks. Chromebooks receive regular updates from Google until their automatic update expiration time (“AUE”). Google announced today that it will extend AUE to up to eight years on new devices.
Google has promised free automatic updates to the latest Chromebooks, such as Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablets and Acer Chromebook 712, which include security fixes and new features until June 2028.
After years of automatic allying, Chromebooks can offer lower cost of ownership to education customers than Microsoft’s Windows devices, but Google has raised the price of an upgrade to Chrome Education from $30 to $38 to fund the expansion.
Microsoft Windows typically offers 30 months of updates, and after 30 months users need to upgrade the operating system to the next major release to continue getting a free update from Microsoft.