One of the things that could hamper business adoption of Chromebooks has to be losing comfortable access to desktop programs that many have grown used to. There are several Microsoft and Adobe applications, for example, that office workers and students alike require to be efficient.
Enter the Citrix Receiver for Chrome OS technology.
On May 25th, Rajen Sheth, Group Product Manager, Chrome for Business, blogged that the Citrix Receiver for Chromebooks, based on HTML5 standards is coming soon to the Chrome Web Store. We expect that he means this summer, although no definite date has been slated.
Basically what Google has ensured is that organizations won’t have to repurchase or rewrite existing applications when moving to Chromebooks. The Chrome browser with Citrix virtualization software will comfortably stream applications like Adobe Photoshop.
So enterprise customers will be able to use Chromebooks with the SAP, Oracle or Microsoft applications they need to get the job done.
VMware is also working with Google to build VMware View that works similar to the Citrix product. No time frame is available for that launch, but to have another choice makes the Chromebook a bit more compelling, don’t you think?