Google taps VMware to bring Windows access to Chromebooks

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

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

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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.