Google has partnered with many companies over the years, but their newest partnership is aimed at helping enterprise users of their Chromebook line of products. Today the search giant announced a partnership with VMware, to allow enterprise Chromebook users to get access to Windows apps using VMware. For those of you that don't know, VMware is a software that allows you to open up a virtual machine on your desktop, allowing you to run programs and apps through it as opposed to the actual OS running on your machine. This should prove extremely useful for those who use Chromebooks for business purposes, since so many Windows apps are useful for work related tasks. VMware isn't necessarily creating a new version of the software to run on Chromebooks, but rather will be putting out a Chrome Web Store app called VMware DaaS. In a Google press release, Google stated that:
"Cloud applications allow flexibility, scalability and security and enable a work-anywhere environment, but many of our customers still use traditional desktop applications. Desktop as a Service (DaaS) helps bridge the gap between the cloud and a traditional desktop by allowing you to run your traditional software in the cloud and have applications appear on your Chromebook similarly to how they run today. An example might be your Windows based accounting application."
The use of older versions of Windows in many businesses still today is all too true, and although some business may not be able to work and complete tasks solely off Chromebooks, with this new option from VMware and Google Chromebooks can provide everything a user might need. As we forge a path into future solutions for computing on a personal and on a business level, using a traditional OS such as Windows XP as opposed to something that has plenty of connectivity to the cloud for ease of use, is antiquated and only serves to make more work than needed. Google's goal is to simplify things and give enterprise customers a more unified and easy approach to how they can get things done. Google states that the use of Chromebooks in an enterprise setting over traditional Windows XP machines, could save those enterprise users $5,000 per customer. That's quite a large amount and should be incentive enough to convince any enterprise user to make the switch, if also not for the simpler interface and all the cloud connectivity