Google makes it easy to run your Windows apps on Chromebooks
If your organization is stuck with Windows due to older business apps, an update to Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS opens the door to introducing a greater range of Chromebooks with all of Google’s management features.
Parallels uses a virtual machine to allow Windows 10 to run on macOS systems, including Apple’s new Arm-based M1 processors, but software is also in the works for Chromebooks.
Google has worked with Corel Corporation to bring Parallels Desktop to Chrome OS over the past year and announced several new hardware support enhancements that allow Windows apps to run on more Chromebooks.
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Notably, this product is only intended for businesses, but it helps solve the problem of legacy applications and Excel macros for organizations that want to adopt Chromebooks.
Parallels enhancements, announced in a Google blog post, bring official support for Chromebooks with AMD Ryzen processors, including the recently announced Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga, the 2020 HP Chromebook Enterprise c645, and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514.
Chromeboxes, Google’s answer to the Apple Mac Mini, now also support Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS, including the HP Chromebox G3.
Dell Latitude-branded devices are also supported, including the Latitude 5300 convertible, 5400, and 7410 models.
Finally, Google has halved the minimum memory recommended for use with Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS from 16 GB to 8 GB.
“The recommended minimum hardware specifications are Intel Core i5 and i7, AMD R5 and R7, 8 GB and 16 GB of memory and 128 GB of hard drive / SSD,” Google said on a support page.
Additionally, for hybrid work environments, Google reports that Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS now supports the device’s camera and microphone. This update ensures that users can access the Windows version of Microsoft Teams and Skype, Google Notes. It also makes it easy to use Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Cisco Webex.
Other methods of installing Teams on Chrome OS include the web version of Teams and the Android version of Teams. But camera and microphone support also helps users run Windows version of Audacity and Camtasia video editor.
Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS now also supports USB devices, such as thumb drives and USB hubs.
Supported Intel Chromebooks include Acer Chromebook 714, Acer Chromebook 715, Acer Chromebox CXI4, Asus Chromebook Flip CM5, Asus Fanless Chromebox, and Asus Chromebox 4.