Parallels and Google have joined hands to bridge a long-standing gap in the success of Chromebooks, i.e., support for Windows 10 apps. The companies have announced that Windows 10 app support for Chromebooks will arrive by the end of this year.
This means users will be able to run legacy apps including Microsoft Office suite on their Chromebooks, Parallels said. However, here is a catch that the Windows 10 app support is only arriving for Chromebook Enterprise devices. There is no word on when (or if) general ChromeOS users will be able to run Windows 10 apps.
Parallels is already a popular name, and its virtualization software Parallels Desktop is used to run Windows apps on Mac computers.
Over the years, Chromebooks have become a viable alternative to Windows PCs after macOS and Linux-powered computers, owing to their lightweight software experience and fantastic battery life.
But at the same time, there are limits to what you can do with your Chromebook, and running software like Adobe Premiere Pro is only a dream. That’s why Google is always making efforts to improve cross-platform compatibility.
In the past, Google enabled support for Android apps on Chromebooks. Here, Windows 10 apps are the latest addition, and if not much in the beginning, at least it would save the cost of buying a new PC. Anyway, let’s wait to see how things actually work out.