Citrix has partnered with Google to deliver business-critical Windows apps to Google Chromebooks, and has already pulled in major clients, such as Woolworths.
Google's Chromebooks for Business, combined with Citrix's XenApp virtual app delivery solution and Citrix Receiver for HTML5, will enable customers to deliver all types of Windows apps using Citrix HDX technology. Citrix claims this offers operational scalability for the largest organisations.
In addition to secure app delivery, Citrix adds support for collaboration with the recently announced GoToMeeting Free, a free web-based app that gives users quick and simple video conferencing for Chromebook users, further enhancing a mobile workspace solution within the Chrome environment.
Chromebook users will get access over the Cloud directly to Windows apps. Citrix is announcing a promotional discount of 25 per cent for XenApp Platinum edition -- its flagship version, that includes Citrix AppDNA application management technology.
AppDNA technology simplifies and speeds up the migration for Microsoft customers from Windows XP to the newest versions. Citrix has also built a Citrix Ready verified ecosystem of Chromebook OEMs such as HP, Dell, Acer, Samsung and Toshiba to help ensure that customers can use the latest Chromebooks with the confidence that they will work with Citrix's XenApp and XenDesktop solutions.
Google's global enterprise president, Amit Singh, said businesses had been steadily adopting Google Chromebooks as an easy-to-use and cost-effective alternative to traditional PCs.
"Citrix and Google have been working together since 2010 to ensure our customers have access to enterprise-critical Windows apps in the Chrome environment," he said.
"The approaching Windows XP end-of-life brings a tremendous opportunity for organizations of all types to rethink their approach to computing and transition to Chromebooks for improved manageability, security and cost savings."
Citrix's global SVP and GM of enterprise, Sudhakar Ramakrishna, said applications remained at the core of what business users need to get their jobs done.
"Citrix has been at the forefront of enabling technologies to deliver applications, securely, to users regardless of their device type or location," he said.
"With the growing acceptance of new computing platforms in the enterprise, like Chrome, we are helping Chromebook users get access to these business-critical apps anywhere and at any time.
"New customer deployments such as Woolworths, which is transitioning to Chromebooks, is a clear demonstration of the strength of our collaboration. We see a very bright future for Google and Citrix in the enterprise."