Chrome Show: Virtual desktops are front and center on Chromebooks

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The Chrome Remote Desktop client can help get around some of the limitations of a Chromebook: Just connect to and control a Windows or Mac PC. What you don’t have — or want — that remote computer though? Enter Citrix and VMWare, which both announced virtual desktop support for Chromebooks this week. It’s another strategy for Google to win the battle over traditional computing, even if its aimed mostly at enterprises.

On this week’s podcast, we discuss the timing of this development (which follows last week’s low-cost Windows laptop news) and share an early look at a way to send commands directly to an Android device from the Chrome browser or a Chromebook. There’s new hardware to discuss too: Acer is in the Chromebox game.

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Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

It’s virtualization week per Citrix and VMWare.

Chrome Stable for Windows is now 64-bit

There’s one less potential reason to use a PC over a Chromebook if you like to tinker with Android: ADB

Oh hey: Acer has a Chromebox now!

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Microsoft is building its own Chromecast competitor

That Acer Chromebook 13 might not be the only Nvidia-powered Chromebook.

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Adam

Ericom has had a solution for accessing Windows applications and VDI desktops from Chromebooks for over three years now. AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP solution that enables Chromebook users to securely connect to Microsoft RDS (Terminal Server) or VDI virtual destops (or almost any RDP host) and run their applications and desktops in a browser.

So if you have an existing RDS or VDI environment, and do not want to change to a different environment, you can simply add AccessNow and enable Chromebooks to access those platforms. AccessNow does not require any installation on the Chromebook, so it’s easy to deploy and manage.

For an online demo open your Chrome browser and visit:
http://www.ericom.com/demo_AccessNow.asp?URL_ID=708

Please note that I work for Ericom.

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