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Google Acquires Cameyo to Enhance Virtualized Windows Apps on ChromeOS

Google has finalized the acquisition of Cameyo, a software virtualization company it partnered with in 2023 to make Windows apps accessible on ChromeOS. In a press release, Google stated, “By bringing the Cameyo team’s expertise in-house, we are doubling down on our commitment to delivering a streamlined experience for virtualized applications.”

In 2023, Google collaborated with Cameyo to provide virtual applications on ChromeOS with support for the local file system. Cameyo’s technology improved clipboard support for these virtual apps. Now, with the acquisition, Google aims to give Chromebook users easier access to virtualized Windows apps.

How Cameyo Makes Windows Apps Accessible on ChromeOS

Traditionally, businesses have used virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions to run virtual apps or legacy apps without installing them on their systems. This method, however, requires specialization and presents security and management challenges.

Cameyo, instead of using VDI, employs Virtual Application Delivery (VAD) technology. This approach allows virtual apps to run on ChromeOS without complex installation procedures or Windows desktop emulation. On ChromeOS, these applications appear as progressive web apps (PWAs), seamlessly integrating into the device’s file system.

For consumers, the VAD approach simplifies app management and enables businesses to keep software updated with enhanced security. With virtual apps running as PWAs, ChromeOS allows them to function like native apps without requiring users to log into a separate virtual desktop environment first.

What Google’s Acquisition of Cameyo Means for Chromebook Users

Google stated that ChromeOS users will benefit from easier access to legacy applications without complex installations or updates. Integrating Cameyo’s technology with ChromeOS will also aid businesses in adopting web-based technology by simplifying app deployment on systems regardless of device location. Additionally, it will enhance data protection and lower the cost of running virtual apps.

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