Google: 40 Million Chromebooks in Use in Education

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Chrome OS, Chromebook with 10 Comments

Today, Google said that there were 40 million Chromebooks in use in education worldwide, a jump of 33 percent over last year, when there were 30 million users.

“We launched Chromebooks 10 years ago to reimagine what personal computers could do, so we set out to create devices that champion speed, simplicity, and security,” Google’s Jim Deno writes in a post timed to this week’s BETT 2020 show in London. “Forty million students and educators now use Chromebooks, and we’re still listening to them every step of the way.”

That figure may be more comparable to Windows 10 PCs in education than you think. Microsoft said last week that there were “over 100 million students now learning on Windows 10 PCs.” Since multiple students use each PC in many cases, Chromebook and Windows 10 PC usage in education could be very similar.

Google didn’t provide any other hard numbers—last year, it also talked about G Suite usage growth in education, for example—but an animated chart shows how Chromebooks are penetrating education markets worldwide over time. And some regions—including the U.S. and Canada—actually experienced 60 percent growth (presumably over time). Chromebook usage in western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand has been about 30 percent.

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10 responses to “Google: 40 Million Chromebooks in Use in Education”

  1. rm

    100 Million Windows 10 PC's. So what about 80 Million Windows 7 PC in addition?

  2. harrymyhre

    a workmate explained how her two sons use chromebooks at school. She only needed to explain for about one minute and I could see how awesome it must be for the students, the parents and the school districts.


    the two sons can access their homework from home on their personal chromebooks.


    I like paperless.


  3. TheITGuy

    "...and we’re still listening to them every step of the way.”

    Bullshit I've been nagging Google to fix certain crap in GShit for years (proper distribution lists, mailflow rules, better admin control of Drive, etc) and nothing has improved.

    Give me Office 365 any day.

  4. VancouverNinja

    Okay the 100 million students on Windows 10 PCs turned everything upside down for me. I thought Chrome and Apple PCs were dominate. This stat is also only calling out Windows 10 that means there is even more students out there on earlier versions. looks like Microsoft still rules the roost.

  5. Stooks

    10 years and there are 40 million of them. Honestly that is sad considering they ASP is probably $250? How many Windows PC's are sold each year....260 million? How many iPad's even?


    In my limited exposure to ChromeBooks, it was the worst computing experience I have encountered. I would rather use a Netbook with XP.

  6. Sprtfan

    That figure may be more comparable to Windows 10 PCs in education than you think. Microsoft said last week that there were “over 100 million students now learning on Windows 10 PCs.” Since multiple students use each PC in many cases, Chromebook and Windows 10 PC usage in education could be very similar.


    Doesn't the market share table at the top take most of the guess work out of it? Or what is the table at the top based on? It seems by it that Chromebooks would still be behind unless USA and Canada made up at least 1/2 or more of all computers in use? (They very well might)


  7. PeterC

    well after reading what Mr Nadella had to say last week it’s clear he’ interested in “the 50 billion endpoints that connect to a Microsoft cloud based offering.... chrome os In education, business or consumer is just another potential endpoint without the hardware manufacturing cost to contend with.


    >>>>>Windows with its billion is good, Android with its 2 billion is good, iOS with its billion is good — but there is 46 billion more. So let's go and look at what that 46 billion plus 4 [billion] looks like, and define a strategy for that, and then have everything have a place under the sun."


    >>"Sometimes I say, 'Hey, look. Should I call Windows... Azure Edge?" Nadella said. "Our new organization that manages all of this at the core kernel level and the hardware ... that team is the same. Whether it is something that is on Surface or something on Azure host, it's literally the same people."


    Ive wondered if the new MS edge is aimed at doing to google chrome os what google did to windows with chrome and it’s clear to me MS edge is about “connecting” to Microsoft’s azure services etc. I can see the argument, “Why pay for the hardware when others do so already. Just get your “edge” onto everything that’s out there”.... but I’d still love to see a cheaper arm based surface style edgebook, especially for education. I’d buy one for all my family!


    so I’m not sure comparing chromebook numbers in education to windows numbers in education is where the market share battle ground is being fought in the boardrooms going forward....

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