Both versions include automatic updates and simple installation from a USB thumb drive. Since CloudReady is based on the same code that powers Chromebooks, it offers complete and secure integration with Google Apps and other Google services.
The paid version of CloudReady, which offers dedicated support and integration with Google's device management console, launched in spring 2015. It has already been purchased by over 100 school districts in the United States, and CloudReady pilot programs are underway with organizations in 10 countries.
"Our teachers are amazed that they are using the same hardware - the difference in student engagement is astounding," commentedDawn Young, Director of Educational Technology at Binghamton School district in New York. "As we move to learning environments that require increased access to technology, CloudReady has been a great way to increase our device to student ratio."
CloudReady can be downloaded for free at neverware.com
Neverware is a New York-based developer of operating systems. Its flagship product, CloudReady, enables school districts and other organizations to cost effectively transform their existing hardware into simple, secure, and fast machines that can be managed right alongside Chromebooks.
Neverware recently launched a joint initiative with Google to let organizations that have never tried Chromebooks to do so, cost-free, using CloudReady. Neverware's investors include Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst, Rethink Education, and Collaborative Fund.