After announcing its partnership with Google back in June, Parallels is now available for Chromebook Enterprise users. That's right; you can now run Windows on Chrome OS, no internet connection required. Everything is running locally in a virtual machine.
The issue of running Windows on Chrome OS solves a big problem for businesses. If nothing else, it allows you to run those last few apps that your business needs. If the Office web apps aren't enough, you can easily run full Office in Parallels. Or, you can run your business's proprietary apps.
"Chrome OS is increasingly being chosen by modern enterprises, either for remote work, hybrid, or in the office," said John Solomon, Vice President of Chrome OS at Google. "We are thrilled to partner with Parallels to bring legacy and full-featured Windows applications support, through Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, to help businesses easily transition to cloud-first devices and workflows."
Parallels worked on a lot of integrations with Chrome OS, and it did this by using its own software. The team used Parallels on Chromebook Enterprise, and continued to make feature requests. After all, no one will want the Windows and Chrome OS to be completely isolated from each other.
You can easily share files between Chrome OS and Windows. In Chrome OS, you can easily find your Windows files, and then you'll find the common folders like Downloads, Documents, Pictures, and so on. To open Chrome OS files in Windows, you have to opt to share a file or folder with Windows with Google Drive. Windows apps are also integrated into 'Open with', so for example, you can choose to open a Word document from Chrome OS into Windows via Parallels.
"Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise incorporates more than 22 years of Parallels’ experience innovating software that makes it simple for people to seamlessly run multiple operating systems and applications on any device, to be more productive," said Nick Dobrovolskiy, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Support for Parallels. "In addition to simultaneously running Windows and its full-featured apps alongside Chrome OS apps directly on a Chromebook, Parallels Desktop integrates a variety of useful features: Copy and paste text and graphics between Windows 10 and Chrome OS; frustration-free printing from Windows apps via shared Chrome OS printers or from printers that are only available for Windows 10; and the option to save Windows files locally on a Chromebook, in the cloud, or both."
Being that it's a virtual machine that you're running, it can save its state. That means that you can quickly pick up where you left off.
Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise is available now, and it costs $69.99 per year per user. You do need a Windows license, of course, and you'll need a Chromebook that has an Intel Core i5 or i7, 16GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. Initially supported devices include the HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise, HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise, Google Pixelbook, Google Pixelbook Go, Acer Chromebook Spin 713, Acer Chromebook Spin 13, Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise, Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise, Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook, and ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA.