Remember Microsoft's Pawn Stars TV ad which shows Chromebook isn't a real laptop because it can't run popular apps such as Office?
Now Google has announced a partnership with VMWare to bring Windows apps to its Chromebooks. The Windows apps like Office and Photoshop will run in VMWare’s cloud-based infrastructure and stream to Chrome OS. Microsoft is dropping Windows XP support in April and Google's intention is to capture the market of Windows XP powered small industries which are ready to switch to a cheaper cloud-powered service.
"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.", says Rajen Sheth, product manager of Google enterprise.