Google Inc. (GOOG) has officially announced its collaboration with VMware, Inc. (VMW) to deliver subscription Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). This partnership will bring Windows apps, data and desktops to Chromebooks for the first time.
The two companies will primarily integrate VMware’s View desktop virtualization software with Google Chromebooks and allow access to Windows apps enabled by VMware's Blast HTML5 technology. This means that users can work with Chromebooks and also take advantage of Windows-based legacy software by running VMWare Horizon View.
Moreover, the companies are also working on incorporating Java into Google programming using the Spring Java platform and a number of other new tools.
A Chromebook is a personal computer which has Chrome OS as its operating system. The device is designed to run only when connected to the Internet. However, there is a range of apps that can be run offline as well. All the data is saved in the cloud.
Chromebooks have their pros and cons, and even though Google has witnessed increasing popularity of Chromebooks, the lack of desktop app support is a big disadvantage. In order to overcome this drawback, Google teamed up with VMWare to bring DaaS to the Internet giant's laptops, giving users access to Windows-based software.
The gap between the cloud and a traditional desktop can be bridged with the help of DaaS.
Last year in November, Amazon Web Services (:AWS) introduced its own DaaS.
If Google’s latest move can generate sufficient customer demand and deliver credible service, it can have a competitive advantage over the likes of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN).
Google, the world's largest online search engine, is increasingly extending its presence in new markets. It currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).