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Microsoft Office and Windows apps are coming to Chrome OS on Chromebooks

Parallels is partnering with Google to bring Windows applications to business customers running Chrome OS in the second half of 2020.

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John Solomon, VP of Chrome OS in Google, revealed the change in his blog post:

We've long been saying that almost any business role can be a cloud worker, and COVID-19 has dramatically made this point. As a result, the Chrome OS team is working on new ways to make sure every company can benefit from the velocity created by supporting a cloud workforce. For example, our new partnership with Parallels brings legacy application support—which includes Microsoft Office desktop apps—to Chromebooks.

Parallels is best known for its virtualization software, which allows running Windows apps on macOS.

The new feature is coming to Chrome Enterprise. It is not known yet if the same option will be available for consumer Chromebooks.

Anyway, by supercharging Chrome OS with Windows apps Google can convert it into a multi-platform solution and make them very attractive for enterprises.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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