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Google, VMware team up to bring Windows to Chromebooks

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Feb 2014 12:47 User comments (2)

Google, VMware team up to bring Windows to Chromebooks

Google has partnered with software maker VMware in an effort to bring Windows to Chromebooks.
VMware creates emulation software giving users the ability to run multiple operating systems on the same PC. With the new deal, Chromebook owners will be able to use the Windows desktop and all legacy apps within VMware's Horizon, as long as they have an Internet connection.

By being able to run Windows apps, Google has opened up the possibilities of the Chromebook. Says Google Enterprise President Amit Singh: "Google Chromebooks can save businesses about $5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs. Chromebooks are designed for the way people use computers today and are a secure, easy and cost-effective solution to help organizations embrace a new way of doing business. Through our partnership with VMware, businesses can now capitalize on these advantages with access to legacy applications, data and desktops they need to keep employees productive."

VMware is not the first to try. Citrix made a similar app last year, but it has seen generally awful reviews.

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2 user comments

113.2.2014 18:04

Umm arnt the cromebooks just underpowered netbooks will be fun running windows on them and always on internet connection not here in Australia.

215.2.2014 11:04

I'm simultaneously intrigued and confused by this story. When it mentions "Windows apps", I wonder if they're referring to apps like you'd get on a Windows Phone or would they be available from the Chrome store? Guess I'll just have to keep an eye on what transpires.

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