Google and Parallels bring native Windows apps to Chromebooks
Google has partnered with Parallels to bring native Windows apps to Chromebook Enterprise.
Chrome OS already supports Windows desktop apps, but only when they’re served through a Parallels Remote Application Server. With the new partnership, apps will now run natively on Chromebook devices.
A variant of Parallels Desktop will be integrated into Chromium operating system, which should improve performance and also allow offline access to applications such as Microsoft Office. The feature will be available later this year for Chrome Enterprise customers.
The move will likely encourage more businesses to consider Chromebooks as alternatives to Windows laptops, especially since it now means they won’t need to invest in services to stream business apps to devices. .
“Remote working is a new reality, making efficiency, connectivity, speed, reliability, security, and uninterrupted access essential elements of a successful organization,” Parallels wrote.
“At this pivotal moment, our two organizations have formed a historic partnership to equip companies with solutions that optimize their businesses and their teams to meet the evolving challenges of modern work environments.”
For Google, the post-coronavirus economy will put increased pressure on business spending, which could become difficult when the workforce needs to be equipped for remote work.
The tech giant said it saw 109% growth in commercial Chromebooks in the first quarter of 2020 from a year earlier, fueled in part by the financial benefits of deploying these low-cost laptops.
“The Chrome OS team is working on new ways to ensure that every business can benefit from the speed created by supporting a cloud workforce,” John Solomon, vice president of Chrome OS, written in a blog post.
“For example, our new partnership with Parallels brings support for legacy apps — which includes Microsoft Office desktop apps — to Chromebooks, with more to follow in the coming months.”
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