Google-VMware deal brings Windows desktops and applications to Chrome OS

By on February 13, 2014, 11:30 AM
google, chrome os, vmware

Chromebooks are slowly gaining traction among consumers as most of the average user’s computing activities can be done through a web browser nowadays. But making strides into the business world poses different challenges as companies depend on legacy software and existing workflows. To that end Google has announced a partnership with VMWare to offer an interim step of sorts into the cloud era.

The tie-up will allow business users to access traditional Windows applications and desktops on Chromebooks via VMware’s Desktop as a Service (DaaS) platform, according to Google’s announcement.

Although remote access to Windows from Chrome OS was already possible through Google’s own Remote Desktop app and a handful of third party options, these solutions don’t always offer security features on par with what enterprises require. VMWare is also a familiar name within the enterprise and Google says their platform is optimized to manage desktop environments and apps as cloud services.

Although Google would certainly rather see businesses adopting web-based alternatives than holding on to legacy software, the reality is these things take time and are expensive. This deal lets enterprises keep coverage for their legacy apps, while deploying a low cost cloud-first form factor.

Google didn’t pass on the opportunity to comment on the benefits of its platform, arguing that as Windows XP nears its EOL, “deploying Chromebooks and taking advantage of a DaaS environment ensures that security vulnerabilities, application compatibility and migration budgets will be a thing of the past.”

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Guest said:

That sucks. You still does NOT run a local software! You STILL have to have a network connection... So, I see no point in that.

Guest said:

The icons' arrangement reminds me of Mac OS X's launchpad and the taskbar reminds me of Windows 7. Too bad it doesn't have the productivity of either OS, and this won't make much of a difference.

Guest said:

This sounds like a good thing. Hopefully people will embrace this feature so they can ween themselves from Microsoft's treadmill.

Guest said:

This sounds like a good thing. Hopefully people will embrace this feature so they can ween themselves from Microsoft's treadmill.

This feature is a poor substitute for native Windows environment since it severely diminish the performance any software people use. If you want to ween themselves from Microsoft's treadmill then tell Google to start persuading the vendors to release native versions of their products for Chromebooks.

tonylukac said:

How do business adopt web based apps when the response time is 3 seconds? Grainger has their entire point of sale system on the web (cash registers), and it's as slow as molasses in July in Antarctica.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Windows wont' be RIP anytime soon. Still the main source OS for corp America and many households have it in place. Google Chrome Web Base will serve a function as well. Maybe one day both Microsoft and Google will merge into one huge Company. For now they'll just battle it out with Apple in the background.

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