Google taps VMware to bring Windows access to Chromebooks

Summary:The Google Chrome team trumps the value of Desktop-as-a-Service "as the countdown to Windows XP end of life continues."


Chromebooks are wedging their way further into the enterprise world thanks to a new deal between its maker, Google, and VMware.

Announced amid VMware's Partner Exchange in San Francisco on Wednesday, the virtualization giant's Horizon View desktop-as-a-service has been optimized for Google Chromebooks.

The pipeline is designed to provide access to legacy Windows-based applications, data and desktops via a Web-based application catalog on Chromebooks thanks to VMware's Blast HTML5 Desktop Access software.

Rajen Sheth, director of product management for the Google Chrome team, explained in a blog post on Wednesday morning how Desktop-as-a-Service on Chromebooks can not only serve to bridge old and new technologies -- but eventually replace them altogether.

As the countdown to Windows XP end of life continues, deploying Chromebooks and taking advantage of a DaaS environment ensures that security vulnerabilities, application compatibility and migration budgets will be a thing of the past.

Google Enterprise chief Amit Singh boasted separately in prepared remarks that Google Chromebooks could save businesses about $5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs."

The integration is already available now for VMware Horizon View 5.3 and Google Chromebook customers, delivered as an on-premise service. VMware will be responsible for delivering and fully managing the package deal and subscription for cloud and hybrid environments.

Topics: Cloud, Google, Laptops, Virtualization, VMWare


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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