Google and VMware partner on Windows-enabled Chromebook project
Google and VMware announced today that they are partnering on a project that would make it easier for Chromebook users in the enterprise to access Windows app and Windows software on their device.
This would be made possible by using the VMware Horizon desktop-as-a-service (DaaS), which uses the VMware HTML5 Blast protocol. Gaining access to a Windows machine using Chrome OS has been available through the Google Remote Desktop software for a while now. There is also other third party software that has similar functionality, but these solutions do not have the same security features that enterprises seek in a remote access tool.
“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,” said Google in a blog post.
Users will be able to use the service to access their Windows applications, data, and desktops from a web based application catalog on Chromebooks. The service will soon be able to be installed from the Chrome Web Store.