Google Acquires Cameyo: Unlocking Windows Apps on ChromeOS

Google has acquired Cameyo, a company known for developing virtualization tools that allow Windows apps to run on ChromeOS devices, for an undisclosed sum.

In a joint blog post, Cameyo CEO Andrew Miller and Google product lead Naveen Viswanatha announced that this acquisition will enhance ChromeOS by simplifying access to Windows apps, eliminating the need for complex installations or updates.

“Combining ChromeOS with Cameyo’s cutting-edge virtual application delivery technology enables businesses to upgrade their IT infrastructure while keeping their existing software investments intact,” wrote Miller and Viswanatha.

Cameyo CTO Eyal Dotan co-founded the company with Miller in January 2018, aiming to create a platform to virtualize Windows apps, allowing them to operate on non-Windows machines and within web browsers. Cameyo’s technology works by virtualizing an app and then delivering it from a public cloud like AWS, a private cloud, an on-premises datacenter, or a hybrid cloud setup.

Last year, possibly foreshadowing the acquisition, Google partnered with Cameyo to introduce features such as Windows app local file system integration and the ability to deliver virtual Windows apps as progressive web apps, which run in browsers and are hosted in datacenters.

As highlighted by Tom Warren from The Verge, Google has been pushing ChromeOS in business and education sectors after a tepid response from consumers. Cameyo’s technology offers a compelling solution for organizations looking to transition away from Windows or use both Windows and ChromeOS, especially as more apps move to cloud and web-based platforms.

Cameyo’s website claims that hundreds of organizations, including school districts and financial institutions, already rely on its software.

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