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VMware and Google announce Windows applications for Chrome OS

Virtualised environment could be the tonic for the Windows XP blues
Thu Feb 13 2014, 16:24
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VIRTUALISATION OUTFIT VMware is teaming up with Google to bring Windows applications to Chrome OS machines.

The system will use VMware's Blast HTML5 technology to virtualise a Windows environment under Chrome OS.

With the rise in sales for the Google based operating system (OS), there has arisen a need to find a way to run traditional systems in a Chrome environment, and this represents an opportunity for enterprise users who are still tied to Windows XP, which is into its final two months of service life, to continue more or less uninterrupted without having to fear the threat of malware.

Speaking on the Google Enterprise Blog, Rajen Sheth, Chrome's director of product management said, "As the countdown to Windows XP end of life continues, deploying Chromebooks and taking advantage of a [desktop as a service (DaaS)] environment ensures that security vulnerabilities, application compatibility and migration budgets will be a thing of the past."

"VMware's End-User Computing mission is to radically simplify IT and enable customers to run any application, anywhere, any place, and any time, so they can work at the speed of life," said VMware EVP and GM of end-user computing Sanjay Poonen.

"We are pleased to expand our partnership with Google and offer customers added choice for their corporate desktop environments with two of the technology industry's strongest brands behind them. VMware DaaS and desktop virtualization will enable Windows-based applications and desktops to run on Google Chromebooks, delivering on the promise of the Mobile-Cloud Era without compromise."

VMware Horizon View 5.3 already works on Chromebooks as an on-premise service, with plans for a Chrome Store application in the works at an unspecified future date. µ


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