In 2010, Jonathan Hefter set out on a bold mission in a challenging space — create a solution for bringing the best technology to the students and teachers who need it most. Technology in education is more important than ever before, but budgets are also tighter than ever. Jonathan asked the question, “How can students, teachers and consumers get the experience of using a new, powerful computer without buying one?”
Neverware’s first product, PCReady, took desktop virtualization and streamlined it for the school environment, powering thousands of old computers across New York City schools and turning closets of old hardware into powerful, usable machines. However, establishing leadership in the desktop operating system space meant evolving with it.
In 2015, to help schools keep pace with the cloud-computing revolution, we developed CloudReady: a lightweight operating system built on the same foundation as Google's Chrome OS, but able to run on almost any hardware. CloudReady enables school districts and other organizations to transform the PCs and Macs they already own into simple, secure, and fast machines that can be managed alongside Chromebooks. More than 650 school districts around the country, including the New York City Department of Education, now use CloudReady to power their education initiatives.
This became our guiding principle: Creating operating systems that help people and organizations transform their existing hardware to maximize value.
And along the way, as we grew and evolved, so too did the scope of the challenges CloudReady could solve. In 2017, we announced CloudReady: VDI Edition, a new solution designed to simplify, secure, and streamline the management of end user devices used to access virtual desktop infrastructure in enterprise organizations.
Today, CloudReady is used on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world for education, enterprise, and individuals via our School, Work, VDI, and Home Editions.