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Google is partnering with Parallels to bring Microsoft Office and other Windows desktop apps to Chromebooks

By Ng Chong Seng - on 17 Jun 2020, 7:51am

Google is partnering with Parallels to bring Microsoft Office and other Windows desktop apps to Chromebooks

HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise. (Image: Google.)

Google has announced that it’s partnering with Parallels to bring full-featured Windows desktop apps such as Microsoft Office to Chromebooks. The company says this is one of its various new initiatives to better support a cloud workforce.

Details about this new feature — which is set for Chrome Enterprise customers this fall — are scarce in the announcements, but Google has separately revealed to Android Police that it’ll be a variation of Parallels Desktop built directly into Chrome OS. It also comes with offline support, so cloud access isn’t needed to use the apps.

Google says it’ll share more info about this solution ‘over the coming months’ — hopefully, support for consumer Chromebooks is also in the pipeline.

Source: Google, Parallels (via Android Police).