Google & VMware Partner for Windows Apps in Chrome OS

Subject: General Tech, Systems | February 13, 2014 - 07:18 PM |
Tagged: Chromebook, google, vmware

Google has just announced a partnership with VMware for "cloud access" to virtualized Windows desktops through Chrome OS. The Verge takes the narrative that Google is looking to hurt Microsoft via their enterprise market. Honestly, I think it just makes sense as a business.

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As time passes, the list of tasks which require native applications is diminishing. Legacy applications, which cannot be reprogrammed for copyright or development reasons, are still on a leash to their intended platform, however. Google knows that their customers want access to those programs and utilities. Virtualization is one of the easiest ways, especially since it is already happening.

Some will prefer native apps on a dedicated machine (and that is okay).

Google also notes that Windows XP is nearing its end of life. They claim that Chromebooks and virtualized Windows instances nullifies security vulnerabilities and compatibility woes. Of course, you are never perfectly secure but at least Google puts their money where their mouth is.

VMware Horizon View 5.3 is currently available "as an on-premise service".

Source: Google
February 14, 2014 | 06:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Isn't Google using Debian wheezey for their compute services, and if the virtualized windows instances are running windows 8.*, then why go there! So chromebooks are the new thin client, but where are the full linux distro based non android/chrome books! It appears the the device makers are recieving subsidies for using consumption OSs, like windows 8, and android, on tablets, but when are chromebooks and tablets going to offer devices the run full linux distros out of the box. I am seeing devices that run windows and android on the same device. It would be a shame if Nvidia's K1 was relegated to being just a Android device ment to run only paied services, and not used in a more usefull way, considering the K1 can run the full desktop versions of OpenGl, OpenCL! there really needs to be a Steam OS for tablets and ARM based netbooks/laptops, at least for people that want to use these new more powerfull CPUs/APUs that are going to start apperaing in Tablets and other mobile devices. Google must be looking at windows XP users that do not want to give up their familiar OS, and maybe google is offering windows XP VMs as a service under a VM hosted windows 7 instence, that runs in XP mode. Google could make a lot of business for itself getting those XP users onto its cloud services and offering these companies a continued XP interface, running under window 7 XP mode, all hosted on a cloud VM, with google assistence in getting their XP dependent applications working under google's cloud. M$ should really reconsider ending XP, because these users will eventually be moved over to google's cloud where they will recieve more support, and eventually be migrated to Google's ecosystem.

February 14, 2014 | 11:49 AM - Posted by MarT (not verified)

Killed OS/2 lets see what it does to Chrome.

February 15, 2014 | 07:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

IBM killed OS/2

February 20, 2014 | 09:14 PM - Posted by Mark Ellisman (not verified)

Google isn't a big terror to Microsoft as of now, and even in future it would not be able to make noticeable effect on Windows OS sale.
Apple's Mac, which is an awesome OS was unable to take stand. Chromebook, sure it is a nice machine but dependence on cloud and low storage space restricts it to capture the market. People can easily access Onedrive and other cloud services through Windows PC too.
Unlike Android OS and open-source Android apps development SDK, chromebook don't offer much to people for getting engaged into it.

May 29, 2014 | 10:57 PM - Posted by mikel (not verified)

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May 29, 2014 | 11:07 PM - Posted by john steven (not verified)

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