Google Explains How It Will Bring Windows Apps On Chrome OS
A web browser is probably the most used application, and sometimes the only one, on our computers. That’s why Google has taken a step ahead and turned its Chrome browser into a full-fledged operating system.
While Chrome OS offers the convenience of a lightweight operating system with impressive battery life, it falls short of one major service: app support. Many legacy apps used by businesses and modern content creation apps like Adobe Photoshop and After Effects are a complete absence on Google’s operating system.
That’s why the search giant has made continued efforts, including support for Android apps for Chrome OS. He even tried chasing double-boot dreams, but the plans were scrapped as it could have compromised the security front.
As part of its latest initiative, Google has partnered with Parallels Desktop to bring Windows 10 application support to Chrome OS. We reported earlier this year that Google would target Windows app support for corporate users.
Now, Chrome OS Product Manager Cyrus Mistry has revealed more details on how Google wants to continue supporting Windows apps. Initially, the full Windows operating system would boot inside Chrome OS on a virtual machine using Parallels Desktop, however, future plans include providing a seamless experience.
In other words, users would just use required Windows apps side by side with web apps and Android apps without running the entire operating system. The effort seems similar to how Microsoft added Linux GUI apps to Windows 10 through WSL2, although the technicalities may differ.
“We want to make sure you have this option [for Windows apps] also… so that every once in a while you can get it when you need it, but we don’t want this to be the world you live in, ”Mistry told The Verge in a meeting.
In the past, Google itself has managed to port Android apps to Chrome OS. But for Windows he wanted to work with the experts, which is Parallels Desktop, in this case. Parallels Desktop has experience running Windows applications on Apple’s macOS.
However, in order for Windows apps to work properly on Chrome OS, we need more powerful Chromebooks. Typically, those running Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with 8GB or 16GB of onboard memory. Not to mention Chromebooks with higher storage capacity, which are generally hard to find.
At this time, Google has yet to release minimum hardware specifications to support desktop apps. Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS will arrive later this year for businesses, but there is no word on pricing yet. However, one of the cost items involved would be the Windows licenses needed to run these applications.
“If you’re the type of person who’s 80% or 90% in the browser, which, by the way, starts to be almost all employees, then that’s what you want them to do. You want them in a secure browser endpoint, then you escape to do a Windows thing and come back, ”says Mistry.
When it comes to Chrome OS, Google has primarily targeted schools and businesses. Still, some users may be hesitant when switching to Chromebooks as their primary device. Now, desktop app support will at least increase the bottleneck and act as a perk to move away from Windows.