Yesterday’s Chrome OS event yielded some significant details about Google’s upcoming entrance into the desktop and laptop market with their web and cloud based light-weight operating system. Chrome OS is already a “must try” piece of software for tinkerers, but Cloud printing and encrypted storage indicate that Chrome could be heading in another direction: business. But those aren’t the only enterprise-friendly bundled features. In addition to all the security that comes along with Google Apps, Chrome OS will have its own Citrix Receiver™ available in the Chrome Web Store.
Citrix allows for virtualization of Windows apps on other platforms and is used by nearly a quarter of a million businesses. This clarifies Linus Upson’s statement last week, when he said that “ChromeOS machines could immediately replace 60% of the Windows desktops in the corporate market.” Google OS may become a force to reckon with in the Citrix thin client market, primarily for Wyse. I have a feeling Chrome has more tricks up its virtual sleeve, and that 2011 could be one of the most interesting for Google news yet.
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