I turned my Chromebook into a Windows machine — and so can you

When I bought into Google’s idea of a web browser as an operating system half a decade ago, I didn’t anticipate I’d soon be running traditional Windows software on it. But that’s exactly what I’ve been doing on my Chromebook these past two weeks. 

I’ve ditched Google’s online productivity suite for desktop versions of Microsoft Office. I’m browsing the web on Mozilla Firefox, not Google Chrome. I’ve been editing pictures on the PC client of Adobe Photoshop instead of Android apps. And dismissing those pesky Windows alerts now and then. 

Windows 10 on Chrome OS

The fact that I can even access these apps is courtesy of a collaboration between Google and Parallels. The latter company builds virtualization software for computers to bring Windows apps support to Chrome OS. Last month, Parallels introduced a Chrome OS client that allows you to boot a full, no-compromise version of Windows 10 in a window on your Chromebook. 

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

This means, in addition to Linux and Android apps, it’s now possible for you to run Windows apps on your Chromebook. Parallels is, at the moment, limited to enterprises but it’s not the only one that has rolled out a Chrome OS counterpart. 


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