Google taps VMware to bring Windows access to Chromebooks

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

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  • Google taps VMware to bring Windows access to Chromebooks

    Kudos to VMware and the Chromebook Team.

    Great article Rachel.
    • Finally

      a reason to look at Chromebooks / Boxes. They could replace our Linux based thin clients.
    • The entire idea was stolen

      The entire idea was stolen by Google from here
      • Thin client concept

        Dates back to XServer in 1982 at the very least. Let's not point fingers at this late date.
  • Exciting development

    I'm anxious to try it out.
  • Perfect timing

    Perfect timing right after Citrix screwed the pooch on it's Chromebook access. CITRIX bring back Chromebook access.
    • yup, but there's crouton

      and using the rest of Linux on top of the Chromebook's Linux kernel. Then install and use the Linux Citrix Receiver in that environment. Not as simple, but still practical.
  • "Kudos to VMware" "Exciting development" "Perfect timing"

    You people are...on crack.
    • Google taps VMware to bring Windows access to Chromebooks

      Sorry, I have not used or have ever used any illegal drugs.

      • You are such

        a suckup both to Rachel and Google. I think I'm going to throw up.
        • Google taps VMware to bring Windows access to Chromebooks

          You guessed wrong.

        • Correction

          Response to below comment.
          “Let me guess”
          “You was the person who bought it.”

          You guessed wrong.
    • do you understand what Citrix is?

      Appears not.
  • Chromebooks are still DOA.

    Why bother, when you can still get the support from Microsoft, still run your applications natively, and still run Chrome (if you want to)? I'm sorry, but companies are not going to drop Microsoft and buy bonafied paperweights. Google can sugarcoat it all they want, but their idea of a workstation is a joke in the real world.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Rise of the Dead....

      "Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook* sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase across the various product segments."
      • Let me guess

        You was the person who bought it.
      • 21% of a an even smaller percentage of overall sales.

        That's like saying that Lamborghini sells 21% of all cars costing over a million dollars.

        It still not even close to the amount of just Chevrolet's sold in one day.

        they account for less than 1% of desktop/laptop style computers. They are NOT EVEN ONE PERCENT market share, yet you're trying to say chromebooks are big news?

        • And yet...

          Microsoft has spent millions fighting it...
          • its a thin client

            Its a 1 million dollar drop in the bucket to educate people that its just a thin client.