Chromebooks set to get Microsoft Office, Windows apps

5 months ago 31
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NEW DELHI: Tech giant

Google

has announced that it is partnering with Parallels in order to bring

Microsoft Office applications

and other enterprise Windows applications to Chromebooks. The company revealed the new partnership in an official blog post and also talked about the future of

Chrome OS

for enterprises.
Chrome OS has supported Windows desktop apps which are streamed via the cloud through a Parallels Remote Application Server. But with this new partnership in place, the apps will run virtualized on

Chromebook

. This Chrome Enterprise customer will be able to experience this feature starting this fall.
The company claims that

Parallels Desktops

will be integrated natively into Chrome OS which will result in improvement in performance and also enable offline access to these applications on Chromebooks. This means in the future, Chrome OS will offer support for both Android and Windows applications.
"We've long been saying that almost any business role can be a cloud worker, and COVID-19 has dramatically made this point. As a result, the Chrome OS team is working on new ways to make sure every company can benefit from the velocity created by supporting a cloud workforce. For example, our new partnership with Parallels brings legacy application support — which includes Microsoft Office desktop apps — to Chromebooks,” said Google in a blog post.
Recently, HP launched new Chrome OS notebooks -- HP Chromebook X360 14c and HP Chromebook 11a in the US. The HP Chromebook X360 14c comes with a starting price tag of $499 and it will go on sale starting this month. On the other hand, the HP Chromebook 11a price starts at $219.

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