Citrix for Chrome: An Overview and an Alternative Option

Offering flexible working environments to employees can increase productivity, boost staff morale, and minimize costs. Many organizations have turned to Chromebooks as one of the go-to endpoint technologies for achieving flexible working styles. This is because Chromebooks are cost-effective, secure, and easy to manage. However, many employees still want to run Windows applications that Chromebooks don’t provide despite their appeal. Citrix for Chrome can improve the usability of Chromebooks by allowing employees access to Windows applications and desktops without requiring a full Windows OS-based virtual machine (VM). However,  there is another cost-effective solution.

Reasons for Switching to Chrome OS

For many years, all annual reports on desktop OS market share have had the same two top contenders: Microsoft’s Windows at number one and Apple macOS at a distant second. However, in 2020, Chrome OS officially surpassed Apple’s macOS in desktop operating system market share, with roughly 11% of the global market share compared to 7.5 percent for Apple. That’s a massive increase in just a few years.


According to the IDC report:

End User Benefits

Chrome OS is becoming increasingly popular with users and businesses because of these features.

Citrix Workspace for Chrome OS can make Chromebooks even more attractive in organizations because users can use Windows applications and files without buying expensive laptops.

Definition of Citrix Workspace for Chrome

Citrix Workspace App (previously known as Citrix Receiver) for Chrome is a native, Chrome OS-based application that users can leverage to access virtual applications and desktops on their Chromebooks. Users can install Citrix Workspace for Chrome from the Chrome Web Store.

Once installed, they can use it as a client application for accessing applications and desktops published via Citrix Virtual Apps (previously called Citrix XenApp) and Citrix Virtual Desktops (formerly known as Citrix XenDesktop). Some features that Citrix Workspace for Chrome provides include:

Besides Citrix Workspace for Chrome, users can also use the Citrix Workspace application for HTML5, a purely web-based client that works for Chrome OS, Windows, and macOS platforms. However, Citrix Workspace for Chrome has more capabilities than the Citrix Workspace application for HTML5 because its application programming interface (API) is available within the Chrome OS ecosystem.

For example, Citrix Workspace for Chrome has automatic updates on the client-side, web camera redirection, and centralized management of configurations. Citrix Workspace application for HTML5 doesn’t support these features.

Requirements before Installing Citrix for Chrome OS

Below are some minimum requirements for users to leverage Citrix Workspace for Chrome on their endpoints:

Access Windows Desktops and Apps Easily on Chromebook with the Parallels Client for Chrome

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that organizations can use as an alternative to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

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