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#1 Burned Phoenix

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:20 PM

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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.

 

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#2 Chrominator

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 03:01 AM

Great idea! If games can be streamed then why not apps? :P



#3 FalseAgent

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:05 PM

as much as I hate saying this, the people that haven't moved off XP because of whatever licensing costs blablabla, they are the perfect target for Chrome OS.

But seriously, consider Windows 7.

#4 WinTunes

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 09:15 PM

So monthly or yearly subscription of Chrome OS + VMWare cloud is cheaper than upgrading to Windows 8?  :mellow:



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