New Managed Public Sessions enable customers and employees to share in-store chromebooks

Google updates Chrome OS with ‘kiosk mode’

Google has added a new Managed Public Sessions feature designed to be highly customisable for users without requiring a login.

This ‘kiosk mode’ means Chromebook or Chromebox devices could find their way into libraries, hotels, warehouse floors and retail stores, where both customers and employees can log in to the computer without supplying credentials.

Features include the ability to set the default sites and apps a user sees at login, custom brand the homepage, block sites and apps that shouldn’t be accessed, configure device inputs and outputs, and set timed log-out sessions.

For security reasons, public session data is cleared on logout so the next user starts fresh.

Google has been testing out the public sessions with a number of customers already.

“We have many more employees than computers at our retail stores, so being able to share devices is key. With Managed Public Sessions, employees can walk up to any machine and get immediate access to their corporate email and important internal systems. And since Managed Public Sessions wipes all data at logout, it supports our PCI compliance requirements,” said Woody Chin, CIO, Dillard’s.

Find out more about Managed Public Sessions at Google’s blog.

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