Parallels Announces Software to Run Windows on Chrome OS
As we had already announced in the middle of the year , Microsoft Office was getting closer and closer to being able to run on Chromebooks, thanks to the close collaboration between Google and Parallels that would allow the arrival of Windows apps to Chrome OS.
Well, that day has come and we can finally say that Parallels (famous for the development of its virtualization programs) has just announced the official launch of Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise software.
The company, known worldwide by users for the fact of offering in a simple way the possibility of running Windows on computers with macOS thanks to ( Parallels Desktop for Mac version 13 ), now extends the interaction to Chrome OS.
In this way, all those users who have Chrome OS computers or laptops with a Chromebook Enterprise license, will also be able to run Windows on their computers, as well as other operating system applications, including the Office suite.
Now more than ever, many companies are adopting this type of Chromebook hardware computers for their companies and large corporations, because the hardware is usually cheaper and its operation is based on the cloud.
Take a look at our special article on the best Chromebooks of the year if you are looking to acquire one of these computers with the Chrome OS operating system.
Gone are the initial drawbacks in which any Chromebook device relied heavily on an active Internet connection, so that now it is possible to also work in offline or disconnected mode without implicitly stopping your tasks.
Parallels Desktop integrates a series of very useful features, such as the fact of copying and pasting text, as well as transferring graphic content between Windows 10 and Chrome OS or vice versa. It is also possible to share printing resources between the two.
The new software integrates with Chrome OS and Google’s management console, requiring no virtualization infrastructure or VDI agent so IT teams can safely carry out configuration and deployment tasks.
What does Parallels Desktop offer for Chromebook users?
In case it was not clear enough, until now, when you purchased a Chromebook computer or laptop with Chrome OS, your device was limited to running Google’s operating system. From now on, thanks to Parallels, you can start a Windows environment.
The integration of Windows and Chrome OS allows you to carry out a series of actions:
- Running multiple Windows and Chrome OS applications simultaneously. It is possible to exchange Excel charts or Word documents with the native applications of the Google G Suite suite.
- Installation of corporate Windows applications on Chrome OS. Since many companies have developed specific applications such as their CRM for Windows, now they can also run on Chromebooks.
- I work in offline or offline mode. Even in those moments when the Internet connection is lost, Windows on Chromebook can continue to work to ensure maximum productivity.
Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise Pricing and Availability
First of all, you should know that the software developed jointly with Google is already available to users who want it at a recommended price of € 59.99 per year per user.
Similarly, you may be interested to know that there is a full one-month free trial licensed for five computers. Check the conditions to be able to use it.
What are the system requirements?
The recommended hardware for its operation is not very demanding, although it is true that a large amount of RAM is required, even more than that usually presented by many computers with Windows 10, which use 8 GB for its operation.
Thus, Parallels recommends that the Chromebook computer have an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor configuration without specifying generation. This CPU must be accompanied by 16 GB of RAM, a handicap for these laptops with Chrome OS.
For storage purposes, the disk drive or USB drive simply has 128 GB of storage. Business customers will be able to use their existing Microsoft license agreements.
Here is a list of Chromebook models from various manufacturers that already guarantee Parallels Desktop for Chromebook support:
- HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise
- HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise
- Google Pixelbook
- Google Pixelbook Go
- Acer Chromebook Spin 713
- Acer Chromebook Spin 13
- Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise
- Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise
- Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook
- Asus Chromebook Flip C436FA