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.
Windows 10 support on Chromebooks was announced in June and now HP is bringing it to the enterprise. Using Parallels Desktop and Chrome Enterprise, business workers can run Windows apps on or offline with a Chromebook.
Don’t have enough local storage to run Linux on your Chromebook? You might be able to run Linux or another OS from a USB stick or memory card based on this code.
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.
There’s a code commit from July suggesting that Nocturne could dual boot into Windows or Linux. However, it’s not likely to happen in the near future: All of the Project Campfire efforts are targeted at the Pixelbook for now.
Goodbye Alt-OS and hello Dual Boot: That’s the new name for Project Campfire to run different operating systems on a Chromebook. Here’s a peek at how all of this will look and work.
To quickly boot into Windows on future Chromebooks, it appears you can skip the boot screen showing software choices and use a keyboard shortcut.