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Google and VMware are partnering to enable legacy windows-based applications to run on Google ChromeOS, which powers its Chromebooks

Google and VMware are partnering to enable legacy windows-based applications to run on Google ChromeOS, which powers its Chromebooks

Longtime collaborators Google and VMware are teaming up to expand Google’s ChromeOS to support legacy Windows-based applications. The companies believe that enabling Windows applications on Chromebooks will make the desktop as a service platform more popular among enterprises.

Since 2010 VMware and Google have partnered to jointly develop virtualisation platforms running on the internet giant’s cloud platform, including Java applications and Spring Roo, an early HTML5 development tool.

Now the two companies are teaming up to provide a technology avenue for delivering Windows-based legacy applications via  Google Chromebooks, which run ChromeOS, alongside Google Apps and other Chromebook-specific applications.

Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, end-user computing, VMware, said: “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.”

The solution, initially available as an on-premise service, will allow users to access their Windows applications, data and desktops using VMware’s HTML5 technology from a web-based application catalogue on their Chromebook. VMware, which will standardise the platform on its DaaS technology, said it expects to eventually offer it as a fully managed desktop as a service, both as a hybrid VDI or public cloud-based remote desktop solution.

“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,” said Amit Singh, president of Google Enterprise. “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.”

The recently announced partnership is a win for VMware – which is duking it out with Citrix among other incumbents in the DaaS space, and to some extent a blow to Microsoft, which last year released a fairly scathing attack of Google through multiple advertising campaigns. Both companies compete in most areas of the cloud stack.

One ad, part of the ‘Scroogled’ campaign, features a ‘Pawn Star’ looking to sell her laptop at a pawn shop for an airplane ticket to Hollywood – to which the pawn guy responds that Chromebooks are worthless unless connected to the web.

Indeed, some have suggested that Chromebooks have limited market potential and, three years after being introduced aren’t quite the “Microsoft killer” some had pegged them to be.

  • jnffarrell1 February 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Some would suggest that enterprise decision makers don’t highly value advice from Pawn Stars. Nor are they likely to buy into a PR campaign by the man who saved Bill Clinton from that woman.

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