In the wake of its competitor CrossOver, Parallels announced that its Windows virtualization service is now available on Chrome OS for Enterprise, allowing businesses to run full Windows emulation directly on their Chromebooks. This follows months and years of prep work, with initial teasers in June and August.

Like the version for macOS, Parallels for Chromebook Enterprise lets you run Windows applications in a virtual machine. Unlike the platform-independent server solution already available, the VM runs locally on Chromebooks and does not require an active internet connection. Google has cooperated with Parallels and created a sandbox environment for Windows on Chrome OS, ensuring that the system is secure and isolated.

To make it easier to work on both operating systems, Parallels has added some smart elements. There is transparent support for the mouse, clipboard, shared folders and printers, options to open web links in Chrome, and links with the Chrome OS “Open With …” dialog box. . Parallels also lets you use any Windows-compatible browser within its VM if you want to try Desktop-class Edge or Firefox on a Chromebook.

Other features include dynamic resolution, which allows you to change the resolution of the VM by resizing its window. There is also support for the full screen option of Chromebooks (the button in the F4 position), allowing Windows to take over the entire desktop so you can pretend to have a Windows laptop. Chromebooks are also expected to support Windows touchpad gestures, such as two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom.

Required configuration

  • Recommended material:
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 16 GB
    • Storage: 128 GB SSD or more
  • Preferred devices:
    • HP:
      • HP Elite c1030 Enterprise Chromebook (recommended)
      • HP Pro c640 Enterprise Chromebook
    • Google:
      • Google Pixelbook
      • Google Pixelbook Go
    • Acer:
      • Acer Chromebook Spin 713
      • Acer Chromebook Spin 13
    • Dell:
      • Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Enterprise Chromebook
      • Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise
    • Lenovo:
      • Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook
    • ASUS:
      • ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA
  • Windows 10 license:
    • Enterprise customers can use their existing Windows licenses and agreements with
      Microsoft.
  • Google Admin Console:
    • IT admins can manage Chromebook devices covered by Chrome
      Business upgrade.

Parallels could be incredibly useful for those who rely on Microsoft Office. Chromebooks typically limit you to basic online variations of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Co., but with software like Parallels, you can run the full experience right on your local computer. This also applies to any other Windows application that you would not normally have access to.

Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise is now available for $ 69.99 per year per user. It also requires a Windows 10 license. More details and a one-month free trial with up to five users are available on the Parallels website. The company has yet to announce when its service will come to ordinary people.