Driving Openness & Innovation Through the Modern Computing Alliance

We’re living through a time of rapid transformation—where technology that helps us connect, collaborate and communicate has taken center stage. We’ve been talking about this period as the “Renaissance of the PC”, where we have a unique opportunity to think and do differently to drive better customer experiences. This “renaissance” doesn’t only apply to the device itself, but how the broader computing ecosystem can come together to drive modern experiences.

Today we’re doing just that with the Modern Computing Alliance. We’ve joined as a proud founding member, alongside Google, Intel, VMware, Citrix and many other members.

What is our goal with the Modern Computing Alliance? It’s simple: to drive an open and innovative ecosystem so customers can get the most from their Chrome OS experiences.

Take our Latitude Chromebooks as an example. We already give IT departments the flexibility to easily integrate the Chrome OS into their ecosystem while still enjoying the global availability, scale and features that our Latitude devices offer.

The Modern Computing Alliance will further build on this idea.

We will collaborate with everyone from software partners to Silicon Valley start-ups to drive more value and innovation for Chrome OS in the broader IT ecosystem. Looking beyond devices, we’ll explore things like data security, insights and multi-factor authentication to create more value and innovation for people like you and me. People that use our devices every day.

If there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it’s that our diverse viewpoints and collective strengths can bring about amazing changes – a “renaissance” – for customers and for ourselves. Our goal for our work with the Alliance is that we bring even more innovative, flexible experiences to you. Learn more here.

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