Parallels will Bring Windows Apps to Chromebook Enterprise

Posted on June 16, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Chrome OS, Chromebook with 25 Comments

Parallels is partnering with Google to Windows applications to business customers using Chrome Enterprise in the second half of 2020.

“Remote-work is a new reality, making efficiency, connectivity, speed, reliability, security, and undisrupted access essential elements of a successful organization,” the firm told me. “At this key moment, our two organizations have formed a landmark partnership to equip enterprises with solutions that optimize their businesses and teams to meet the evolving challenges of modern work environments.”

This partnership will allow enterprises to seamlessly add full-featured Windows apps, including Microsoft Office, to Chromebook Enterprise devices, Parallels says, enabling efficient, productive, and collaborative work anytime from anywhere, and eliminating additional hardware costs and minimizing the total cost of ownership (TCO).

While it’s not clear how Windows apps will be delivered on Chrome OS, it’s interesting to see the different language that Google uses to describe this capability.

“Our new partnership with Parallels brings legacy application support—which includes Microsoft Office desktop apps—to Chromebooks,” Google’s John Solomon writes.

Both firms promise more information over the coming months.

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