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Google Chrome Gets an Enterprise-Level Boost with Recent Updates

Google Chrome OS has been generating buzz almost from the day of its announcement.  Members of the tech community eagerly consumed and reported details about the Google Chrome OS as Google made them available in the months leading up to the release of the first notebooks using the new operating system. Early Chrome OS devices, specifically the Google Chrome CR-48 laptops, were released to testers including personal, educational, and business users. These early adopters then reported to Google, describing their experiences using the Chrome OS enabled notebooks. Wednesday witnessed the delivery of some of the fruits of that test phase with the release of new features that may make the Chromebook more attractive to Enterprise customers.

The latest updates to the Google Chrome OS offer a host of improvements, but the most significant are added support for VPN (virtual private networks), secure wi-fi, and virtualization. These were the top feature requests submitted by Chromebook for Business and education customers, according to the official blog post by Chrome for Business group product manager Rajen Sheth.

VPN support allows users to access their private, school, or business network from a Chromebook. Support for secure wi-fi means organizations can require password authentication in order for a Chromebook to connect to a network, providing additional security protection for their wireless network and systems. The technology preview release of Citrix Receiver for Chrome OS allows customers of Citrix to make use of standard, non-web-based, desktop applications through virtualization.

“While most new applications will be built for the Web, we recognize that some users need to access desktop applications,” Sheth said in the blog post.

For personal users who purchase the Chromebook to act as their go-to device for browsing the Internet, email, and so on these updates have limited significance. They are much more important to business users and enterprise organizations whose day-to-day activities may require fast, stable, and secure remote access to their network resources and desktop applications.

Google and Chrome OS put powerful and secure virtualization solutions at the fingertips of enterprise users!

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