Chromoting To Allow Legacy PC Apps Entry Into Chrome OS

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News Posted: Mon, Jun 14 2010 11:51 AM
Chrome OS remains a mystery. It's Google's first desktop operatingsystem, but even today, it's nothing more than words on pages as far asconsumers are concerned. We're sure there's internal testing going on asthe company prepared to launch the OS onto netbooks in the near future,and now we're seeing even more details to hopefully prove that it'scoming sooner rather than later.

Up until now, no one had any reason to believe that Chrome OS would becapable of running Windows applications. Google has been a huge fan ofthe cloud, and no one really expected any sort of legacy/local app to beable to run. But now, there's hope that these older programs willactually have life on Chrome OS. According to a report over at Google'sforums, a new feature is being worked on called "Chromoting," which willallow users to access legacy PC applications through what willbasically be a remote desktop connection.

Details on the new feature are hard to find. Software engineer Gary Kacmarcík only had this to say: "We're adding new capabilitiesall the time. With this functionality (unofficially named "Chromoting"),Chrome OS will not only be great platform for running modern web apps,but will also enable you to access legacy PC applications right withinthe browser. We'll have more details to share on Chromoting in thecoming month."

All of sudden, Chrome OS sounds like the netbook OS to beat.Lightweight, in tune with the cloud, and able to run legacy PC apps?That's a combination that could prove difficult to beat.
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3vi1 replied on Mon, Jun 14 2010 11:14 PM

People need to temper their expectations about what kind of legacy apps would actually run under this setup. Don't expect anything that uses DirectX to perform very well, if at all (it doesn't even work when using MS's own Livemeeting).

But, this makes it a good thin-client option for companies looking to virtualize their workstation instances.

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realneil replied on Tue, Jun 15 2010 4:08 PM

The watched pot never boils.

Someday we'll see it and get to mess with it a little. When it finally is released, I'll take it for a spin.

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