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Google: new cooperation makes Windows apps possible on Chromebooks

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Google announces: Windows applications on Chrome OS will be possible in the long term. Compatible applications must include Microsoft Office.

A year ago I switched to Chrome OS, and for more than 365 days I was only accompanied by a Chromebook in my daily work. It was later switched back to Windows, because the Chromebook OS was sadly unable to work in some areas. A report will follow. There is a lack of support for actual programs here and there, which are still only offered for Windows and macOS. The built-in Linux solution is more for hobbyists and is therefore not recommended.

For end customers, however, Google has now only casually announced a future innovation, which, however, could become quite important. On the internal Google Cloud blog, the group only mentioned in a single subordinate sentence that it had partnered with Parallels. What does that mean? Google wants to make Windows applications possible on Chromebooks, like Microsoft Office.

Google just wants to reveal more in the coming months. But in fact, there was always a big argument against Chrome OS for me too, because it lacks classic apps like control software and the like. I don’t need these kinds of apps every day, but I always had to have a Windows PC on hand as a backup.

Our new partnership with Parallels for example, it provides support for established applications, including Microsoft Office desktop apps – for Chromebooks. There will be more in the coming months. – Google

Parallels: System Established for Virtual Operating Systems

Google doesn’t just depend on any partner. Parallels is one of the most recognized products in this field for the use of virtual computers. Windows on macOS and vice versa, soon also Windows on Chrome OS.