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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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BI: Google is Going After Microsoft's Heart with Chromebooks

A great thorough read here on the Chromebooks market positioning.

Google: Going After Microsoft's Heart With Chromebooks

Google just explained the business case for Chromebooks in a press briefing at I/O, and it's crystal clear that they're not a consumer product.
Rather, Google is going after Microsoft's heart -- the corporate IT department.
But what about Office? What about specialized corporate apps that only run on Windows?
Those are taken care of through a deal with virtualization company Citrix. Companies can set up a XenDesktop system, where all Windows (and other) apps are running on a server. Users can then access these apps through Citrix Receiver, which runs on ChromeOS (as well as other platforms).
Citrix demonstrated how easy it is -- users basically log on to a corporate "app store" and click the apps they need. They're automatically added to the Chrome OS startup menu.
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It takes time to change how organizations work, so while all corporations won't migrate to the Chromebook off the bat, it is a milestone launch in that it is the first time we have really had a working version of what Google has suggested ChromeOS should be to us.

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Don't they have online versions of Office now for people dependent on MS products? How does it work in Chrome?
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