Google is partnering with Parallels to add Microsoft Office applications and other legacy enterprise Windows applications to Chromebooks. Google itself revealed its new partnership in a blog post to boost the future of Chrome OS for enterprises.
As of now, ChromeOS supports Windows desktop apps that are streamed via the cloud through a Parallels Remote Application Server. However, with the beginning of this new partnership, these apps will run virtualized on Chromebooks. This feature will be available this fall for Chrome Enterprise customers.
In the coming weeks, Parallels Desktop will be integrated natively into Chrome OS. This will improve the performance and will enable offline access for these applications on Chromebooks. This means Chrome OS will be able to support both Android apps and Windows apps in the future.
It will also likely entice businesses to seriously consider Chromebooks as Windows laptop alternatives for certain employees, without having to invest in solutions to stream business apps to a Chromebook.
As of now, the tech giant doesn’t offer any more details on this partnership with Parallel, but the company promises “more to come on this over the coming months.”
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