I’m thinking about dabbling in the whole Chromebook world at the moment. I used to have a Notebook because I loved the battery life and the portability. The Windows OS, though, can slow things down. The Chromebook alternative relies on the Chrome OS, which is pretty much just a Chrome browser.
If you want to do anything “outside” the browser, you’re pretty stuffed unless there’s a plugin knocking about. Now Google have announced that they’re partnering with VMware to let you manage your Windows PC and apps via the Blast HTML5 system. Putting it simply, it means you’ll get the Windows experience on a Chromebook.
With most Netbooks running Windows XP and manufacturers not really jumping into the Ubuntu or other Linux desktop, Google are (at least, in my humble opinion) giving customers the ability to hook into their business Windows boxes whilst carrying their Chromebooks.
Get more details in the press release below..
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.
Chromebooks have continued to help more and more customers over the last year. According to NPD, Chromebooks made up 21% of U.S. commercial laptop sales in 2013. Customers prefer the low total cost of ownership, the central web-based management console and the fact that they don’t need any additional security or anti-virus software. These are reasons why businesses large and small are adopting Chromebooks.
Today, customers can fully embrace the cloud with Chromebooks using VMware Horizon™ DaaS®. VMware and Google are working together to make the migration of legacy applications even easier, by using the HTML5/Blast experience from Chromebooks. This means you can work with Chromebooks and connect to a Windows experience running VMWare™ Horizon View.
As the countdown to Windows XP end of life continues, deploying Chromebooks and taking advantage of a DaaS environment ensures that security vulnerabilities, application compatibility and migration budgets will be a thing of the past.
VMware Horizon DaaS enables customers to centralize other desktop environments and manage these as a cloud service. Initially available to customers as an on-premise service or by VMWare vCloud Service Provider Partners (VSPPs) offering DaaS in the cloud or within hybrid deployments. Users will be able to access their Windows applications, data and desktops using VMware’s Blast HTML5 technology to their Chromebook.
This technology is available now by bringing together VMware Horizon View 5.3 and Chromebooks as an on-premise service and will be available soon as an application that can be installed from the Chrome Web Store. To find out more follow this link.