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Google acquires Cameyo to bring Windows apps to ChromeOS

Google has acquired Cameyo, a company that develops virtualization tools to run Windows apps on ChromeOS devices, for an undisclosed amount.

In a blog post, Cameyo CEO Andrew Miller and Google product leader Naveen Viswanatha write that the purchase will benefit ChromeOS, Google’s lightweight Linux-based operating system, by giving ChromeOS users better access to Windows apps “without the hassle of complex installations or updates. ”

“By combining the power of ChromeOS with Cameyo’s innovative virtual application delivery technology, we enable companies to modernize their IT infrastructure while preserving their investments in existing software,” said Miller and Viswanatha.

Cameyo CTO Eyal Dotan founded the startup in 2018 with the goal of creating a platform to virtualize Windows apps so they could run on non-Windows machines and even in web browsers. Cameyo’s approach works by packaging an app, including its dependencies, into a standalone, self-contained executable that also has a virtualization engine that can run on a range of operating systems.

Last year – in a precursor to the acquisition – Google partnered with Cameyo to launch features including local file system integration of Windows apps and the ability to deliver Windows virtual apps as progressive web apps, or apps that are hosted in data centers that run in browsers.

As The Verge’s Tom Warren notes in his piece on Cameyo today, Google has been on a mission to promote ChromeOS in business and education, after a rather lukewarm response from consumers. With Cameyo’s technology, organizations looking to move away from Windows (or work with both Windows and ChromeOS) have a potentially more attractive path, especially as more and more apps move to the cloud and web-based technologies.

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

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