Chromebooks started life as web-only machines, then added Android support a few years ago. Last year, Google brought Linux support to beef up Chrome OS’s developer clout, and now it’s going to add Windows apps to the list of platforms Chromebooks will support.
Google’s John Solomon, VP of Chrome OS, snuck the announcement in the middle of a blog post today:
We’ve long been saying that almost any business role can be a cloud worker, and COVID-19 has dramatically made this point. As a result, the Chrome OS team is working on new ways to make sure every company can benefit from the velocity created by supporting a cloud workforce. For example, our new partnership with Parallels brings legacy application support—which includes Microsoft Office desktop apps—to Chromebooks.
Parallels, if you’re unfamiliar is a virtualization program that’s most known for bringing Windows apps to…