Run Windows Apps on a Chromebook
Written by Alan Monday, 15 August 2011 06:24
The Chromebook notebook computers from Google have struggled somewhat to catch-on, thanks mainly to their inability to run third-party software apps or to have an additional OS installed for duel-booting. The philosophy of the Chrome operating system has been to do everything on the web. Need Office? Try Google Docs. A Media Player? Try Google Music. You get the point.
Well, all of that is starting to change – Citrix have released Citrix Receiver to allow users to access things like Photoshop and Office on the Chrome OS. The app is in it’s early stages-it’s just a technical preview now, but it’s available for everyone via the Chrome Webstore.
The app is mainly geared towards businesses, since the Chrome OS has failed to gain any real traction in that market, thanks to it making desktop apps inaccessible. “Your company must have the correct Citrix Receiver for Chrome OS infrastructure in place before you can use Citrix Receiver for Chrome OS; IT Admins can download the files from http://www.citrix.com/chromeos.”
We’re curious to see if this helps the fledgling OS gain some traction in the corporate world. You can read about this, and other additions to the Chrome OS over at the Chrome Blog. If you are interested in the two Chromebooks currently on the market, you can find both the Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook (Wi-Fi) and the Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook available over at Amazon.