Chromebooks are useful, secure, and inexpensive devices for mobile lawyers. But when you are not mobile, they are a bit less compelling - until now.
A new Chrome OS app lets a Chromebook access shared folders and files on a Windows Server Message Block (SMB) network. It isn't perfect (does not connect to Active Directory/Domain shares) and it lacks a graphical interface. Instead, you need to know and enter your host server name/IP address as well as your authorized user name and password for the network shares you want to access.
So even if this is still a work in progress and remains a bit geeky to use, it is a significant step forward. When combined with the new Chrome apps for direct access to OneDrive and Dropbox throught the Files app, Chromebooks are now much more useful for those who usually stick to Windows machines.