Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS brings Windows in a virtual machine to 9 more Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. AMD devices are on the list now too.
I took Windows 10 for a spin on my Chromebook using Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise. I think this collaboration between Google and Parallels is a home run for companies that can use the security, speed, and simplicity of Chrome OS while hopping over to Windows for any required desktop apps.
Back in 2009, Chrome OS was shown off as a modern OS with simplicity. Since then Android, Linux, and soon, Windows 10, are part of the experience. Some say the simplicity is gone. Here’s why I disagree.
While Parallels will bring Windows 10 support to Chromebooks in the enterprise this fall, it seems some newer Chromebooks support nested KVM now, allowing you to run Windows 10 in a VM within the Linux container of Chrome OS.
New details of how Chromebooks will run Windows 10 and Windows apps appeared today, explaining more about the architecture and experience. Given that the Parallels solution is expected in the fall, this is another reason Windows 10X devices won’t be true Chromebook competitors for some time, if at all.
Recent code changes and testing suggest that Chromebook users won’t be limited to the custom Termina VM in Project Crostini, opening up the possibility of running another OS on the device.