Re: Chrome in US
They saw a market and decided to fill it.
Now the infrastructure they provide to schools is free (and is superb for Schools BTW) so why they are doing it is open to debate esp as any attempt to exploit the students data (which they explicitly state that they do not) would ruin their education market PDQ.
The reason I think they are doing it? To get students used to something other than MS and to hope that they continue to use it after leaving education, bit like banks used to give students great deals on accounts on the assumption that they would be with the for life. Oh and the other reason? To annoy the hell out of MS.
(Written on an HP Chromebook. I love them as they are so much faster than a MS Windows based equivalent. Of course you cannot run some software but it all depends on what you want the laptop for)