Add another Microsoft hardware partner that somehow hasnít seen the companyís Scroogled ads: Dell is getting into the Chromebook market. The companyís first product, the Chromebook 11 announced on Wednesday, is specifically aimed at the market in a recent Microsoft Surface 2 advertisement: Schools.

The new laptop running Googleís Chrome OS with 4 GB of memory will be available in January at a price expected under $300, per Dellís press release. A version with half the memory will launch in the first quarter. Hereís a run-down of the specifications:

11.6-inch, edge-to-edge display with 1366 x 768 resolution
4th generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor
Front facing 720p webcam
802.11a/g/b/n Wi-Fi
Under one inch thick and weighing 2.9 pounds
Two USB 3.0 poerts, Bluetooth 4.0 and HDMI out
Battery life up to 10 hours

The bigger impact is that Dell is even going after this market, although it makes sense to do so. Chromebooks are being adopted in schools which is helping the devices become a small but growing segment in the overall declining PC market. And Dell isnít stopping there. My source says Dell plans to offer more Chromebooks for other customer segments such as consumers and SMBs on a tight budget.
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--jeremy