Windows 7 Kiosk vs Chrome 'Public Session' mode
Posted on 2013-07-01
I just finished a pilot program for a customer using Windows 7 Pro and Group Policy to lock down a system. The systems are used for training and need access to just the training website and PowerPoint Viewer.
We are starting to look at phase 2 which is a bit more computers and the customer has asked me about Chromebooks, (Android based cheap machine) and my initial research revealed there is a 'Public Session' mode that allows you to achieve a similar level of control.
My question is does anybody have any feedback on Chome Public Sessions vs Windows 7 'Kiosk' mode, and I guess Windows 8.1 Kiosk mode?
More detail on what we've done with the current setup.
Windows 7 Pro, we are not running IE in KIOSK mode, but we've locked stuff down to remove all ability to launch anything other than the specified apps while logged in as the training user. When you boot the computers they auto-login with the training user which launches the training website, we use 'Content Advisor' to restrict access to just the training website.
We've done more such as removing right click capability, task manager, etc
Frankly, the end result is elegant.
Can a Chrome option get anywhere close?