Google’s Linux kernel-based operating system, Chrome OS, enjoys adversity by being able to run both apps designed for it and Android apps. In its minimalistic nature, Chrome OS has been able to garner some market share in the Chromebook world, which are, mostly, less powerful laptops that just work.
On top of being able to support cross platform apps from Android, ChromeOS Enterprise devices will soon be able to run windows applications too.
The new possibility will be brought about by Google’s recent partnership with Parallels. Parallels, for the unaware, is well known in the geek world for its cross-platform solutions that ensure seamless integration between operating systems and features.
Currently Parallels is well known for its virtualization software enabling its users to run full Windows installs on Macs.
Parallels’ partnership with Google is touted to enable ChromeOS enterprise users: Seamlessly add full-featured Windows apps, including Microsoft Office, to Chromebook Enterprise devices and eliminate additional hardware costs and minimize total cost of ownership.
Although this will not be consumer-faced, it opens a door for such a possibility in the future.