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Google's Chromebooks -- a series of inexpensive laptops from a variety of manufacturers that run Google's cloud-based Chrome operating system -- face an uncertain future in the consumer market, going up against stiff competition from Windows 8 and others. But Google is hoping to get more Chromebooks into classrooms, by partnering up with philanthropic education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose to offer teachers a deal that's hard to refuse in the laptops.
On Monday, Google announced it would be offering one of Samsung's signature Chromebooks for only $99 to qualified teachers through December 21. Teacher requests for Chromebooks for their classrooms are posted on DonorsChoose and the platform takes donations towards the Chromebook funding goal of that class. Once the goal is met, the discounted Chromebooks are shipped.
But within hours after the deal went live, DonorsChoose said they'd been flooded with requests from teachers to get in on the deal and was forced to stop taking new submissions:
As of December 10th, 11pm eastern time, we've received a tremendous response to this offer. With a limited quantity of discounted Chromebooks available, we cannot accept additional submissions at this time.
While DonorsChoose has suspended the creation of new fundraising campaigns for the discounted Chromebooks, there's still plenty of existing campaigns up and trying to raise funds to meet their goals.