NEW DELHI: Tech giant
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 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
. This Chrome Enterprise customer will be able to experience this feature starting this fall.
The company claims that
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.