Google announced a partnership with virtualization software maker VMware today that will bring Chromebook users access to Windows desktops and apps. The deal means enterprise Chromebook users will have access to Windows apps through VMware Horizon DaaS and an upcoming Chrome Web Store app:

Cloud applications allow flexibility, scalability and security and enable a work-anywhere environment, but many of our customers still use traditional desktop applications. Desktop as a Service (DaaS) helps bridge the gap between the cloud and a traditional desktop by allowing you to run your traditional software in the cloud and have applications appear on your Chromebook similarly to how they run today. An example might be your Windows based accounting application.

It might sound a little bit like Google is admitting that enterprise customers need more than just Chrome apps to get the job done, but it’s also embracing the upcoming end of life for Windows XP and encouraging business customers to upgrade to Chromebooks. Giving businesses access to the Windows apps many rely on is certainly a good argument for upgrading to Chromebooks. In a statement in VMware’s press release, Google’s president of enterprise Amit Singh said “Chromebooks can save businesses about $5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs.”

“Google Chromebooks can save businesses about $5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs,” said Amit Singh, President of Google Enterprise. “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.”

In its own press release, VMware said the offering is available now to “VMware Horizon View 5.3 and Google Chromebook customers as an on-premise service.” Google also noted that it will soon be available as an app available in the Chrome Web Store.

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5 Responses to “Google & VMware bring Windows to enterprise Chromebook users”

  1. what’s old is new again (see RFC1925 section 11). We had X Windows in a browser in 1998…

  2. You have to admit, it does look better with Windows.

    • Aron Tripp says:

      No, no it does NOT!! But nice try :)

      Windows is still ugly as $&!t. But there are still too many Windows only Apps (programs) that I have to use at work to COMPLETELY phase it out. I’m very intrigued by this!

  3. i guess i’ll have to start digging to see why this is different than what is available already.. i’ve fallen out of paying attention to Vmware a couple versions back so I’m sure its a bit better since last i checked..

    is it possible yet to have a vmware for a specific app? basically log into an instance of that app full screened and that is all you’ll see? (think of the new wrapper around chrome apps to work as an android app)..

  4. bjtechnews says:

    I find this concept of integrating VMware with Chromebook a good thing. I just finished downloading VMware View and will be testing it out shortly and posting it up on my site or channel. I’m wondering how the performance will be on the Chromebook.