Top 3 Chrome OS alternatives

Last updated: August 27, 2017
Chrome OS
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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Latest news about Chrome OS

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

Remember how it was on Windows? First, Google released the browser - Google Chrome. Then it quietly turned the browser into the operating system and now, it like a cancer is trying to replace Windows by itself. The same thing happened on Mac OS. Recently Chrome also has become the default browser on Android. And few days ago Google (saying that Chrome is already the most popular browser in the world) has launched Chrome for iOS. However, Google's plan to replace all the operating systems by the Chrome can be broken by the Apple's mobile platform. The fact is that Apple has limited the capabilities of third-party browsers on the iOS beforehand. In fact, all third-party browsers on iPhone/iPad can work only as add-ons to the native browser Safari (using its secure Javascript-engine). In result - they work 2 times slower than Safari. Also, Safari is the default browser on iOS and it can't be replaced. Thus, Google's dream about Web-oriented cross-platform operating system may come true only through the court, which would remove these restrictions. In addition to Chrome, Google has released Google Drive app for iOS. It allows to sync folders or specific files between PC, online account, Android-smartphone and now iPhone / iPad. The app for iOS also allows to view many file types, but you can edit them only using online Google Docs, which don't work offline and open in Safari browser (because of described above reason). However, as you know, Google recently acquired the mobile office suite QuickOffice, so soon we can expect the native apps for editing documents on iOS.