Google today announced it has partnered with VMWare to bring Windows access to Chrome OS. More specifically, if you own a Chromebook, you can now use VMware Horizon DaaS to manage your Windows desktop, data, and applications using the company’s Blast HTML5 technology.

VMware Horizon DaaS isn’t just for Chrome OS: it is broadly meant for customers looking to manage desktop environments as a cloud service. The news today is that Chromebook owners can take advantage as well, using DaaS in the cloud or within hybrid deployments.

Google’s timing is excellent, given that many businesses are currently looking at all their options regarding the end of Windows XP support, which is less than two months away. In fact, that’s exactly what the company is pushing – instead of upgrading from XP, businesses should just switch to Chrome OS:

This means you can work with Chromebooks and connect to a Windows experience running VMware Horizon View. As the countdown to Windows XP end of life continues, deploying Chromebooks and taking advantage of a DaaS environment ensures that security vulnerabilities, application compatibility and migration budgets will be a thing of the past.
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I have to say this is a partnership I didn't see coming. Should be interesting to see how it plays out.