Windows apps now run smoothly on Chromebooks. Software virtualization company Cameyo has added Virtual App Delivery (VAD) support to its ChromeOS software. The developers claim that the integration of VAD into ChromeOS makes it possible to deliver any application – including Windows, Linux, SaaS and web applications – to users over the Internet without having to create full-fledged virtual desktops.
“While many organizations have historically relied on virtual desktop solutions such as VDI and DaaS to deliver software to end users, many face significant overhead that comes with delivering full virtual desktops. Naveen Viswanatha, head of ChromeOS products at Google, says. — IN In today’s cloud world, users need easy and secure access to their applications that optimizes their performance.”
Cameyo appears to be using Progressive Web Apps, which allows companies to inexpensively make third-party apps compatible with ChromeOS without having to pay for virtual desktops. Cameyo makes it easy to deploy Windows apps without giving ChromeOS users a full virtual version of Windows. File management, clipboard support and even the integration of virtualized applications with the ChromeOS file system are all handled by Cameyo, so users perceive virtualized Windows applications as native ChromeOS applications.
Microsoft’s own efforts to bring Windows to the cloud are still based on the full version of the Windows operating system and not on a set of specific applications that the user needs. Microsoft has been more successful in the enterprise market so far, although Google’s efforts have forced Microsoft to reckon with Chromebooks in schools and businesses.
The affordability of Chromebooks compared to most PCs or Apple systems has made ChromeOS very popular in the education market, although Google has struggled to attract business users to its operating system as well. Businesses may now have more reasons to use a Chromebook with easy access to any business application, especially given the efforts Google has already put into ChromeOS Flex and Parallels Desktop.