Sounds like a serious consumer project now, not just a weird business
Last month, Google announced that Chrome OS supported Windows apps through Parallels, and while we knew the “why?” much of the “how?” remained to be determined. But in an interview today with The Verge, Google reveals more juicy details behind the change.
According to the details of the interview with Cyrus Mistry of Google, the group’s product manager for Chrome OS, when the feature first arrives, it will be through a full copy of Windows running mostly Chrome OS through Parallels. Google is eventually planning to cut things down so you don’t have to run the full Windows desktop experience to use a few apps. If you are familiar with Parallels’ Coherence feature, it will eventually be like this.
The company initially considered the idea of dual booting with a Windows environment, but ultimately saw it as too much of a sacrifice for platform security. Still, Google believes it can fill the void for people who do most of their work in the browser but still need the occasional desktop app. Mistry compared the experience of using a Windows app to ripping an old VHS tape in the modern era, which is pretty funny, but many people whose workflows rely on apps Windows desktop may strongly disagree. But for most of us it’s Probably true, and we do most of our work in a browser. In support of this, it is undeniable that Chromebook sales have increased 155% year over year.
The minimum system requirements for this Windows-on-Chromebooks feature are still in progress, but expect to need more powerful hardware for it to work properly. That means a bigger and more powerful i5 or i7 than an N-series Celeron, and I doubt it’s ARM compatible. The launch date for the feature is still not set, as are pricing details – if you thought it was going to be free, you’re almost certainly out of luck.
As Google moves in the direction of desktop apps for users with legacy requirements, Microsoft is quickly moving in the other direction, planning its own Windows 10X, an equally scaled-down web experience that will also offer desktop apps. Windows – possibly via cloud virtualization.
Six months ago, we said Chrome OS was at a standstill. You can’t dispute the sales stats, and in this age of working from home, Chromebooks are a huge hit. But maybe that’s the kind of kick in the pants the platform needs to keep its momentum going.
Source: The edge
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