Google And VMWare Team Up To Bring Windows Apps To Chromebooks

Chris CrumIT Management

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Google has seen the popularity of Chromebooks increase, but one of the biggest knocks against them is always the lack of desktop app support. That changes now to some extent.

Google announced today that it has partnered with VMWare to bring traditional Windows apps and desktops to Chromebooks.

"Cloud applications allow flexibility, scalability and security and enable a work-anywhere environment, but many of our customers still use traditional desktop applications," says Chrome Director of Product Management Rajen Sheth. "Desktop as a Service (DaaS) helps bridge the gap between the cloud and a traditional desktop by allowing you to run your traditional software in the cloud and have applications appear on your Chromebook similarly to how they run today. An example might be your Windows based accounting application."

"Today, customers can fully embrace the cloud with Chromebooks using VMware Horizon DaaS. VMware and Google are working together to make the migration of legacy applications even easier, by using the HTML5/Blast experience from Chromebooks. This means you can work with Chromebooks and connect to a Windows experience running VMWare Horizon View."

He goes on to say that Chromebooks and DaaS environments will help things like security vulnerabilities, app compatibility and migration budgets be things of the past.

I wonder if any of this will change the Pawn Star guy's opinion of Chromebooks.

More on the partnership here.

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Chris Crum
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