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Support for Chrome OS Windows applications versus using a VHS tape player

By on August 2, 2020 0

Google shaped Chrome OS to be almost the end and all operating systems. It is practically a glorified web browser where web technology based applications can feel at home while now supporting “foreign” Android and Linux applications. Its recent announced partnership with Parallels to bring Windows software to Chrome OS feels like a partial admission of defeat that it can’t really deliver everything its users need. Google pretty much recognizes it, but also tries to downplay it by comparing it to archaic technology.

Why would you want to play a VHS tape when you have a high tech, high fidelity Dolby Atmos home entertainment system? Because sooner or later you will come across an old video recorded and stored in some old technology that you will want or have to watch. At the same time, however, that doesn’t mean you’ll want to subsist solely on VHS tapes for the rest of your life.

That’s pretty much the image that Chrome OS group product manager Cyrus Mistry brushes off when describing Google’s decision to officially support running Windows apps, even Windows itself, on Chromebooks. He compares it to a Chrome OS safe environment exhaust valve, but only for the times when you really need it. In other words, it also describes Chrome OS as everything for everyone from office workers to IT administrators, now with Windows support for files that can only be opened by Windows apps.

As a first step, Windows support will be to run the full Windows operating system in Chrome OS, with some special tricks for opening Windows file types directly in Parallels. It will eventually evolve to use the latter’s Coherence feature, meaning that users will only have to run the specific Windows apps they need as if they were native Chrome OS apps. Google has apparently also looked into dual-booting Chrome OS and Windows, but ditched that idea due to the security issues it could cause.

There’s no timeline yet for Windows support to launch on Chrome OS, but Mistry hints you’ll need a rugged Chromebook for that. The Googler also seems to point out that despite this concession, Google continues to believe that the web is winning and no one is really dusting off old non-web Microsoft programming languages ​​anyway these days.