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Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise to Enable Full-Featured Windows Apps to Run on Chromebooks with No Internet Connection Required this Fall

Today Chromebook, Android Phone, and Android Tablet Users Can Access Virtual Windows Desktops and Apps via Parallels Remote Application Server, Plus Access Remote Windows PC and Mac Computers via Parallels Access

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 6, 2020—Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, has partnered with Google to leverage Parallels’ 21 years of engineering experience seamlessly blending operating systems (OSes) to create Parallels® Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise. It is the world’s first desktop virtualization solution that enables full-featured Windows applications to run in virtual machines on Chromebooks without rebooting or an internet connection, which will be released later this year.

Enterprises, businesses, and individuals today use a variety of computers, tablets, and phones to get work done from the office, home, and remotely. Operating systems and the number of available applications—hosted on devices, in the cloud, on premises, and in data centers—have grown exponentially. Ease-of-use, flexibility and mobility are critical elements of computing productivity—both online and offline. Regardless of the OSes and devices people love and use the most, the ability to run full-featured Windows applications is still a requirement for most businesses.

"Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise will make it simple for IT administrators to provision Chromebooks with Windows virtual machines and the required full-featured Windows applications employees need to run,” said Nick Dobrovolsiky, Parallels Senior Vice President of Engineering and Customer Support. “IT admins will be able to easily manage familiar automated corporate Windows image deployments they prepare, provision, and automatically provide to their employees. Those virtual machines are fully capable Windows installations; admins can install applications, manage them remotely, and support users with familiar tools—just like they do with physical Windows PCs.”

Pictured above: Windows 10, Windows Start Menu, Outlook, and PowerPoint are running, with Microsoft Office and other full-featured Windows apps installed, in a Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise virtual machine on Chrome OS.

Check out new features and resources that help make the business case to switch to Chrome Enterprise here on Google’s Chrome Enterprise blog. You can also register here to receive updates about Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise before and after it launches this fall.

Additionally, Parallels has already enabled Chromebook, Android, iOS, PC, and Mac devices to access and run full-featured apps on virtual Windows desktops, as well as Windows and macOS apps running on remote Windows PC and Mac computers, for years via Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) and Parallels Access.

Click here to see the above demo video from 2014. It shows how, both then and today, Parallels Access makes it simple to use native touch gestures on Android phones and tablets to easily work and be productive with full-featured Windows applications and files running on a remote PC.

Right now, everyone can go online to parallels.com/access, Google Play, or the App Store to download a free full-featured trial of Parallels Access. It lets you remotely access up to five Windows PC or Mac computers, including all of their full-featured Windows and macOS applications and files, from anywhere via an unlimited number of Android tablets and phones, iPhones, iPads, and any HTML5 web browser (including Chrome on a Chromebook).

Parallels RAS, a separate powerful and easy-to-use virtual Windows desktop and application delivery solution, enables an IT admin with basic knowledge of a Windows terminal server to get up and running in less than 10 minutes—in the cloud on Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, in the data center, and/or on premises. And in less than one day, enterprises and businesses can start deploying virtual Windows desktops and applications to any device—Chromebook, Android, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Windows PC, and any device with an HTML5 web browser—to immediately enable employees to securely and productively work from wherever they are located.

Parallels and Google Partner to Bring Enterprises Full-Featured Windows Applications to Chrome Enterprise

BELLEVUE, Wash., June 16, 2020—Parallels and Google have partnered to bring enterprises and cloud workers full-featured Windows applications to Chrome Enterprise this fall.

Remote work is a new reality, making efficiency, connectivity, speed, reliability, security and undisrupted access essential elements of a successful organization. At this key moment, our two organizations have formed a landmark partnership to equip enterprises with solutions that optimize their businesses and teams to meet the evolving challenges of modern work environments.

Parallels brings more than a decade of cross-platform solutions experience, seamlessly integrating operating systems and features, to its partnership with Google. Parallels’ award-winning software solutions make it simple for enterprises, businesses, organizations and individuals to access and use the applications and files they need on any device or operating system.

The partnership between Parallels and Google will empower enterprises to:

  • Seamlessly add full-featured Windows apps, including Microsoft Office, to Chromebook Enterprise devices
  • Enable efficient, productive and collaborative work anytime from anywhere
  • Eliminate additional hardware costs and minimize total cost of ownership (TCO)

Check out the Chrome Enterprise Cloud Blog post which mentions our Parallels and Google partnership. Parallels is excited to be working with the Chrome OS team on “new ways to make sure every company can benefit from the velocity created by supporting a cloud workforce.”

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