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Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS gains features and broader hardware support Featured


Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise has been renamed Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS, and the latest version adds support for AMD processors and runs on 12 additional Chromebook and Chromebox models.

Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS allows the use of Windows applications on Chromebook and Chromebox hardware, but requires the use of Chrome Enterprise.

The new version incorporates camera and microphone redirection, allowing the use of the Windows versions of Zoom, Webex and GoToMeeting that have features missing from their web app versions,

Another new feature is USB support, allowing the use of flash drives and certain other hardware.

"With Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS, we make it simple for enterprises and education organisations to securely run fully featured Windows applications on powerful new Chrome Enterprise devices, both online and offline," said Corel CEO Christa Quarles. (Corel is Parallels' parent company.)

"We want you to be able to get the job done, no matter where you are and what device you are using. This is why we also made Parallels Remote Application Server so simple that organisations of any size can deploy virtual Windows desktops and full-featured Windows apps to any device in as little as one day.

"This includes older Chromebooks, Macs, PCs, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, or any HTML5 web browser, so that workers and students, regardless of location, can use devices they already have in order to be productive."

The devices supported by Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS are:

HP Elite c1030 Chromebook (Intel), Pro c640 Chromebook (Intel), *Pro c645 Chromebook (AMD), Chromebox G3 (Intel)

Lenovo *ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook (AMD), Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook (Intel)

Google Pixelbook (Intel), Pixelbook Go (Intel)

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (Intel), Chromebook Spin 13 (Intel), *Chromebook Spin 514 (AMD), *Chromebook 714 (Intel), *Chromebook 715 (Intel), *Chromebox CXI4 (Intel)

Dell *Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook (Intel), *Latitude 5400 Chromebook (Intel), *Latitude 7410 Chromebook (Intel)

Asus Chromebook Flip C436FA (Intel), *Chromebook Flip CM5 (Intel), *Fanless Chromebox (Intel), *Chromebox 4 (Intel)

* indicates newly-supported models.

Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS is offered on subscription at $99.99 per user per year. A free full-featured one-month trial with five user licenses is available.

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