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Citrix will stream Windows apps to Chrome OS laptops

Jon Brodkin, Network World | May 12, 2011
Can desktop virtualization make Chrome OS a full replacement for Windows?

Payne demonstrated SAP NetWeaver and Adobe Photoshop running in a Chrome browser tab.

Sheth claims Chrome OS represents the first operating system launch in history that won't require users to lift up and move their applications. All computing will either be done on Web-based services like Gmail or Google Docs, or streamed through the browser with Citrix virtualization.

Google hosted a few customers during a press conference to talk about their experiences using Chrome OS in beta. Logitech IT executive Sanjay Dhar said "We're excited about the Citrix stuff; that makes it totally usable in the enterprise."

Google claimed its own survey of customers shows that 75% of Windows users could be moved to Chrome OS with a combination of Web-based services, offline access to tools like Google Docs, and virtualization. Microsoft, when contacted by Network World, declined to comment.


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