Although Chromebooks have come a long way, many people still do not use one as their machine. This is usually because a Windows application is not able to operate and the replacement is pale compared to Chrome OS. Fortunately, we are now aware that Chrome OS Windows apps will be soon supported.
Data from Google for this new feature are available in an interview to The Verge, Cyrus Mistry, Group Product Manager for Chrome OS. Although the news is certainly exciting, you should mitigate your expectations, as not everything you hoped for might be.
Many people hoped Chromebooks could eventually boot dual – so both Chrome OS and Windows 10 could be built on one machine and choose which boot is needed when starting up. In the interview, however, Mistry confirms that this is not happening.
The popular system that virtualisation the device on an existing operating system, Parallels Desktop, is instead used in Chrome OS. So macOS users can use programs from Windows.
"We looked at dual-boat absolutely," said Mistry. "There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but we found that security is essential to Chrome OS."
In other words, Windows and Chrome OS double booting required too many safety sacrifices for Chromebooks. Since security is such an important aspect of Chrome OS 's success, it makes sense that Google didn't want to ruin it in favor of adding support for Windows.
Like macOS, for this system to work on a Chromebook, you need to buy Parallels and a Windows 10 license. In addition, you'll need a Chromebook to handle Windows applications, which may be the largest hurdle for most companies and users.
While several Chromebooks have high-end laptop specs, Chrome OS devices are most popular with low-power, keeping them inexpensive. For people who own these systems to work, they must upgrade to a more powerful machine.
Moreover, there's a real choice for those who'd upgrade their Chromebook to a new model to get that feature: "I spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy Chromebook so I run Windows apps, or do I buy just a Windows laptop? "It would be more useful to use the Windows laptop at some price point.
It is probably only a few of those who already have a high-performance Chromebook, and are technologically knowledgeable enough to understand Parallels, that will use this feature to run Windows applications on Chromium OS.
All this is likely why for now, instead of focusing this on consumers, Google appears mainly focused on the business sector. However, if Google can support Chrome OS parallels for companies, there's no reason why the general consumer could not do the same.
No date is set for this new feature to be implemented, however. It is nice to know, however, that Google will definitely do it.