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VMware, Google partner to bring Windows to Chromebooks

VMware, Google partner to bring Windows to Chromebooks 

During the keynote speeches, VMware announced a partnership with Google to deliver desktop as a service (DaaS) on Google Chromebooks. The partnership brings Windows-based apps and desktops to the Chrome OS devices.

“As you think about Chrome and Chromebooks, this has been sort of this hidden jewel that’s starting to really take off,” said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware, during Wednesday’s keynote. 

The companies are positioning Chromebooks as a tool for businesses that want to move to the cloud, but are heavily invested in Windows environments. It’s also a move to take advantage of the growing demand for ultramobile devices like the Chromebook.

“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,” said Poonen, in a statement. “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.”

This expanded relationship between Google and VMware will offer businesses secure cloud access to Windows applications, delivered on VMware’s DaaS platform.

As more companies start thinking about moving from Windows XP, support for which ends in April, the Chromebooks are being positioned as the new corporate desktop.

“Google Chromebooks can save businesses about US$5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs,” commented 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.”

With the announcement, the bid is that service providers, resellers, and channel partners will have an enterprise-ready solution for customers looking for cheaper, more mobile alternatives to laptops and desktops.

While initially available as an on-site service, VMware says it expects the joint solution to be delivered as a fully managed, subscription DaaS offering by VMware and other vCloud Service Provider Partners, in the cloud or within hybrid deployments. It’s available now to VMware Horizon View 5.3 and Google Chromebook customers.

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