Back in June, Google announced that Parallels would land on Chrome OS this fall, but gave no further information. Today, Parallels makes a more detailed disclosure of this change, allowing users to run a complete Windows virtual machine on a Chrome OS PC without the need for an Internet connection. In addition, as a virtualization solution, you can do not have to have a dual system boot situation.
“Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise will enable IT administrators to simply provide Chromebooks with Windows virtual machines and full-featured Windows applications that employees need to run,” said Nick Dobrovolsiky, senior vice president of engineering and customer support at Parallels. “IT administrators will be able to easily manage familiar automated enterprise Windows image deployments that they can prepare and automatically deliver to employees in advance. Administrators can install applications, manage them remotely, and use familiar tools to support users — just as they do with physical Windows PCs. “
For now, however, this new feature of Parallels is limited to Chrome OS Enterprise, which means it was developed specifically for enterprise customers. It looks like Parallels will become Google’s virtualization solution for Chrome OS, similar to Microsoft’s Hyper-V in Windows 10. At some point, this partnership may expand to include simulators that support software development, and so on.
The Parallels for Chromebook Enterprise should arrive this fall. The main value proposition is the ability to run complete Windows applications for the enterprise. After all, as the blog post says, almost every business needs some kind of Windows application.
Parallels Desktop Promotions page.