There is no shortage of voices that claim Chromebooks are basically useless. For power use, at least. These affordable laptops do not have the necessary array of productivity applications.

And that is without getting into the debate that you need to be connected to the Internet to use them, although Google has improved offline functionality of Chrome OS a lot in the recent past. Still, with the destined arrival of budget Windows laptops, Chromebooks are feeling the heat.

The search engine giant is trying to work through these limitations, though.

Citrix Receiver for Chrome OS has recently been announced, bringing Windows applications and functionality to Chromebooks — well not in the truest sense of the word, but close enough:

“Although HTML5-based solutions, such as Citrix Receiver for HTML5, will work on Chrome OS and offer browser-based access to virtual apps and desktops without any download or installation of client software, the receiver for Chrome provides direct integration to functionality specific to Chromebooks.”

Basically, this native application grants full access to system resources in areas like printing, audio and video. The apparent shortcomings of the Chrome OS platform. The devices will still be marketed as cloud enabled laptops, but running Windows apps on Chromebook is now possible.

In virtualized form, as and when needed.

Although this effort is geared towards the enterprise sector, with its heavy emphasis on security levels and all that cool stuff. And this is a functionality that business users will appreciate the most.

With Chromebooks having gained a foothold in the educational market, a move into the business sector only makes sense for Google. Just how successful this might be? Time will be the judge.


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  • Mike Greenway

    How well dose it work? What is its cost? How secure is it?

    • Fahad Ali

      Virtualization, Mike. It provides virtual access to several popular platforms. Cost depends, but it is highly secure from what I’ve gathered. May be a good option for enterprises that are thinking about large scale deployments of Chromebooks.

      • Black Eagle

        What os do you favored, windows 8.1, mac os x, or chromebook?

        • Mike Greenway

          Seems to me, He like chromebook or anything google related best. It is the only explanation of the attitude that show through in almost every post. Just the way I read it.

  • Ray C

    Can we please quit with this BS of trying to make Chromebooks work like PCs

    • Fahad Ali

      One can imagine business users wanted to run the odd Windows application here and there, hence Google partnered with Citrix to develop this functionality. But I agree, Chromebooks and PCs are worlds apart.

      And they will remain so.

  • CalvinQ

    This is better for the chromebook than for windows. The chromebook now has an advantage in that it has its regular offers as well as windows apps. I don’t particularly like this move for Microsoft.

  • WillyThePooh

    Chromebook is not as cheap as it says. I see some laptops are as cheap as a chromebook and they don’t rely on internet connection. Why not get a real laptop if it is about the same price?