Windows 10 On Chromebook With Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise

Chromebooks have become increasingly popular with remote-first companies because they are portable, low-priced and have a super-fast sandboxed OS. However, unlike the Windows OS, you cannot install third-party software or legacy applications—all the applications you use must come from the Google Play Store or Chrome Web Store. 

For some third-party applications, though, you can use online versions that are not as productive as their desktop counterparts. However, when it comes to the legacy line of Windows applications, you can’t use them—even with internet connectivity. For the first time, Parallels® is enabling Windows 10 on Chrome, via its Parallels® Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise

What Is Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise? 

Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise is yet another world’s first in desktop virtualization technology by Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions. It allows a full version of Windows 10 to boot in a virtual machine (VM) on a Chromebook. Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise has been created in a collaboration between Google and Parallels. This partnership will help organizations run Windows 10 applications on new high-power Chromebooks coming to market. 

With Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise you can run any Windows 10 application—including legacy software—alongside Chrome OS and Android applications. You can launch any Microsoft Office suite application, for example, while browsing on your favorite Chrome browser. 

Likewise, you can drag and drop folders and files from Windows File Explorer to Chrome Local Explorer and vice versa. You can also swap between a Chrome OS and Windows 10 without rebooting your Chromebook and choose which applications you want to launch. Feature highlights for Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise include: 

What Are the Benefits of Using Windows 10 on Chromebook? 

A Chromebook is a solid enterprise computer. And as remote working and schooling become the new norm, its growth prospects are even higher. But the truth is that running Windows 10 on Chromebook is still a compelling argument for businesses due to the following reasons: 

Some applications don’t run in Chrome OS. 

Users need to have fully functional devices in a digital workspace. As such, you must equip your laptops with enough applications, including ones for productivity, video editing, video playback and photo editing. For Windows PCs, this is possible. However, for Chrome OS, it’s still a work in progress. 

Also, Chromebooks lack the wide range of enterprise-grade applications that you find in Windows. There are plenty of researchers, engineers and other specialists who find themselves locked to Windows because of certain industry-standard applications that you can’t get with Chrome applications.  

It gives the ability to work offline. 

Chrome OS and its applications rely heavily on a solid internet connection. While some applications do have offline capabilities, your Chromebook must be sanctioned by Google to work with Android applications. Also, offline applications often miss certain features, potentially leading to poor user experience. With Windows, you can do more, even while in offline mode. Running Windows 10 on Chromebooks would be a better alternative for employees with intermittent internet connectivity.  

It enhances productivity. 

For most businesses, Windows 10 is still the go-to OS when it comes to getting work done. Chromebooks, on the other hand, are portable, low-cost, and secure. When you integrate Windows 10 with Chrome OS, you get the best of both worlds, in terms of:   

Read more about the partnership between Parallels and Chrome Enterprise! 


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