Following an alliance between Parallels and Google, both companies jointly announced that in the coming months they will present a solution they have been working on to run full Windows applications on Chrome Enterprise.
Through this new integration, the Parallels virtualization system will allow applications developed for Windows to be run on Chromebook Enterprise devices, making use of all its functions from the cloud.
According to statistics shared by Google, citing a study by LogicMonitor, it is projected that by the end of 2020 83% of the business workload will have migrated to the cloud. It is under this context that from the multi-color G they seek to enhance their business-oriented services, providing them with a function that their users will surely appreciate.
Both the solutions for personal use, as well as the Chrome business tools themselves, are primarily cloud-based. Although this system brings with it some comforts for those work dynamics compatible with this system, the lack of more specific software has made some potential users choose their preferences for other alternatives.
To deal with this situation we have known other initiatives before, such as the possibility of installing Android applications on Chrome OS. Today’s announcement expands this range of possibilities by adding support for Windows applications on this operating system, but for now only for those who use Google Cloud’s Chrome Enterprise services.
Based precisely on the cloud services offered by Google, the virtualization technology that Parallels provides would allow running applications developed for Microsoft’s flagship operating system, which could be fully integrated with Chrome OS. The Parallels statement highlights that this will allow, among many other applications, to run the always-in-demand Microsoft Office suite.
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Without precise dates, it was announced that this new service will be integrated into what Chrome Enterprise offers during the fall of the northern hemisphere.
The key resource in the implementation of this service is the aforementioned cloud. For this reason, it will eventually be integrated as an additional service to those already offered within Google’s business solutions program. Time will tell, based on the evaluation made regarding the level of adoption and the results obtained, if this tool will also reach the rest of Chrome OS users on other devices outside the business sphere.
At least as a background, it is known that Parallels is a reliable solution and not only because of its age in the field, but because it has been possible to run this solution from Chrome OS for some time. The real novelty here is its direct integration at the operating system level and its inclusion within Google’s cloud services (remember that it is a payment tool).
Beyond the addition of a new compatibility layer in Chrome OS, plus the increased productivity and collaboration opportunities that open up, the act of running a virtualized application from the cloud reduces the burden on a device’s hardware. during its execution. It is a principle similar to that of the execution of videogames through streaming, in which case the heavy work is done on an external server, to receive the result already processed.
We are before the announcement of a function that could give Chrome OS a new look, especially in the midst of a context in which collaborative and remote work is taking a preponderant role, with the projection of ensuring a more robust space within the work spectrum. .