Over the last two years, we have seen explosive growth of the number of Chrome OS-based devices shipped, such as Chromebook and Chromebit. In fact, in the US education market, Outside the education space according to IDC. John Russell, a product manager at Dell, says:

“Some believe that Chrome OS devices aren’t practical business tools because they are limited to web or SaaS apps, and can’t run Microsoft Office or other Windows applications needed for everyday work. This isn’t the case for businesses already running or planning to implement a virtual app and desktop environment.”

3 Areas Where Citrix Outperforms VMware HorizonBut there’s one BIG caveat.

Enabling Chrome OS users to connect to a VDI environment is not a simple task. This is mainly because the software to connect needs to be solely based on HTML5 and needs to work within the constraints of a browser sandbox.

Citrix has devoted a lot of engineering hours to enabling Chrome OS users to run Windows apps in a simple, efficient and secure way using XenApp and XenDesktop. In contrast, other vendors (VMware in this case), have not focused on Chrome OS as much as we did, which results in a less than optimal end user experience.

This causes significant differences in the user-to-application interaction, which Mayunk Jain  and Marcel Calef have highlighted in the videos below (click images to start the video).

The first video focuses on getting the Chromebook ready to connect to a virtual environment (either VDI or hosted shared desktop):

The second video highlights the differences during runtime:


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