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Last updated: August 27, 2017
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Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. Google Chrome OS is initially intended for secondary devices like netbooks, not as a user's primary PC, and will run on hardware incorporating an x86 or ARM-based processor.
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2017. Google launched Chrome OS for Enterprise
Google launched enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription, which will cost $50 per device and year, is essentially a rebrand of Chrome Device Management, but with a number of additional capabilities. For enterprises, the main advantage here is that Chrome Enterprise is fully compatible with their existing on-premise Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure. With this update, enterprise users will be able to use their existing credentials to log into their Chrome OS devices and access their Google Cloud services — and IT admins will be able to manage their access to these devices and services.
2017. VMware to include Chrome OS management in Workspace One
VMware announced a partnership with Google to help control identity and access and set policies across the Chromebook line. The trouble is that large companies don’t to tend to use Chromebooks exclusively. When you are managing multiple devices that include Chrome OS along with others running Windows, OSX, iOS and Android, it suddenly gets a bit trickier to manage policy across all those OS types. Using VMware’s Workspace One product, companies can control access, set policies and handle identity management all from a single environment across all of the supported operating systems.
2016. Android apps support coming to Chromebooks
Google announced support for Android apps on Chromebooks — with little to no extra effort on the part of developers. That means your employees can have access to the broad ecosystem of Android apps in Google Play for Work on their Chromebooks, managed centrally with access controls. For example, they will be able to view and edit Microsoft Word documents in the Android version of Microsoft Word. Administrators can manage these Android apps now from that same Chrome admin console: allow or restrict Android application installations, and you can even allow particular Android apps for certain users and not others. The feature will become available in early June on specific Chrome laptops. Later this year it will be available for many more Chrome devices.
2014. VMware brings Windows apps to ChromeOS
In April Microsoft will stop supporting of Windows XP and companies need to make a decision about the upgrade of their computers to ensure their security. And if the new CEO of Microsoft won't decide to reduce Windows 8 price, large companies will have to spend quite big money for the update. And Google is going to use this opportunity and push its ChromeOS. Together with VMWare Google is now offering the solution - VMware Horizon DaaS (Desktop as a Service) which allows large companies and service providers to make Windows software work on Chromebooks and Chromboxes. It is a cloud service, which allows you to run Windows applications from within the Chrome browser. Remote access to a Windows machine on Chrome OS is not new. Google even offers its own Remote Desktop app for this, and there are a number of third-party options. But these solutions don’t offer the kind of security features that enterprises look for and VMWare's solution can provide.
2012. Google Chrome and Google Drive come to iPhone/iPad