Sadly there is nothing concrete about the pricing except the per user ($5 or %10 per month)... and that there is a per device license for Chrome devices... and that there is a device console management software app that I also have to pay for; except that a Google Partner said there was a free version without being specific about the features.
Originally I thought "chrome devices" meant ChromeOS in the form of Chromebox and Chromebook. Maybe a Chromebit and Chromebase too. There was also an inkling that Chromecast required a device license in order to be "managed". However, in a response from a Google partner I now have the impression that every OSX and Windows PC may also require a device license. Which has be wondering about iOS and Android too.
** and there is one caveat. If the device was purchased from Google or a Google partner then the "feature" might be included. This seems to be impossible to determine.
- pay per user (5 users)
- pay per ChromeOS device (7 devices)
- pay per Chrome instance on non-ChromeOS devices (2 OSX, 4 iOS, 1 Android)
- pay per Chromecast (1)
- pay for the Device Management Console
Doing the 1 year calculation on this setup I would have to write a check to Google for $950 every year. Sorry but I just paid $1300 for a Pixel 2015 i7; while it's awesome when I'm not working from the library I have been using my Asus Chromebox MU0075 almost exclusively. Even so I would not be spending nearly $1000 for this.
The kicker what when the Google Partner offered to "draft an agreement". WTF do I need a formal agreement for? Surely I'm not the ideal customer for this Google property.
If Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are listening they'll hear:
- create a device that works alone in tablet and desktop mode and supports multiple monitors
- The device should boot in under 10 seconds and the applications should be sandboxed and use cloud storage for everything
- create some stick devices
- universal players for netflix, itunes, amazon prime, google play (the services are not creating customers they are merely me too)
Or we can all wait for what's next.