Microsoft is working on Windows 10X, but apparently the developers are having trouble getting the system to start – something just didn’t go according to plan. With Windows 10, too, not everything works as expected. Meanwhile, Google is working hard to get its operating system back on its feet: the undervalued Chrome OS will support Windows programs.
Chrome OS – what is this system?
Google is very successful in many areas, for example, it released the most popular browser – Chrome, and Android is the operating system that dominates the smartphone market. But there are also less visible projects. For about 10 years, Google has been trying to promote Chrome OS. In the US, many student and school laptops work with this particular operating system, and inexpensive laptops based on Chrome OS are also sold in Europe. But the system has not yet been able to make a big breakthrough, at least outside the named market niches.
However, the market for cheap laptops is certainly interesting. It’s not for nothing that Microsoft is working on Windows 10X, a competitor to Chrome OS, which should also support 32-bit programs. In turn, Google is working with Parallels to run Windows programs on Chrome OS. This can give the system a tremendous impetus for development. By the way, support for Android and Linux apps is already built into Chrome OS.
Chrome OS is learning to support Windows programs
Chrome OS started with the idea that everything could be done in a web browser. Unsurprisingly, 10 years ago, this was a difficult task – after all, at that time, web services were not yet as well developed as they are today. However, Google has learned from this and has been constantly adding new features to the system.
Now the company has moved away from the radical online concept and allows you to work with tools offline. To do this, in Chrome OS, you can use applications for Android, which already provides quite a lot of opportunities, and through virtualization, the use of Linux becomes real. But this is still not enough. As Chrome OS product manager Cyrus Mistry said in an interview, the next step in development is support for Windows programs.
Manufacturers have long understood that even an inexpensive laptop should be able to work with programs under Windows. This applies to both private and corporate users. Microsoft’s work on Windows 10 X has been slower than planned, and Google doesn’t want to miss that time to polish Chrome OS. Looks like we’re in for an interesting duel.
Full Windows on Chrome OS
Google, of course, is well versed in Android, and it is based on Linux, so integrating Linux was a project that Google was able to master on its own. To work with Windows, the corporation needed support from Parallels, which is mainly known for virtualizing Windows on macOS.
The plan foresees that Chrome OS will be able to run a full-fledged virtual machine running Windows. There will be a well-known desktop where you can run and use any Windows programs from a virtual machine. But as a target audience, Google mainly focuses on firms that can provide their employees with low-cost hardware and Chrome OS. Most work will still be done in the browser, with the exception of certain tasks for Windows.
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At the next stage, it is planned to make the integration of Windows with Chrome OS more convenient, say, the user will no longer need to run a virtual machine, but at the same time he will be able to purposefully open and use programs. The Windows required for this remains completely invisible, only the program will be shown to users as if it were originally running on Chrome OS.
By the way, those who have never used Chrome OS can use CloudReady to install the related Chromium OS on a computer or laptop and test the system.
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