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Chrome OS To Support "Legacy" PC Apps Through Remote Access 95

Posted by timothy
from the new-measure-of-software-completeness dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "According to a message posted to a public mailing list dedicated to Chrome OS, a new feature is in the works that will grant users access to 'legacy PC applications' through some kind of remote desktop connection process. Google software engineer Gary Kamark, who first spilled the beans on the feature, calls the process 'Chromoting.' The current speculation amongst Chrome enthusiasts is that the Chromoting process is more akin to a VPN/sharing functionality than anything else. In that case, one would have to leave one's Windows-based desktop or laptop system on in order to access apps via a connected Chrome OS computer — which is hardly a technological leap given that numerous applications today offer users an analogous screen-sharing / remote access functionality."
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Chrome OS To Support "Legacy" PC Apps Through Remote Access

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  • by maccodemonkey (1438585) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @03:33PM (#32558696)

    The iPad has a pretty nice Microsoft Remote Desktop client that I use when I need to quickly build a Windows project, or view logs from one of our Windows servers. Not really a complete solution, as obviously the standard bandwidth limits apply. If I'm on 3G or slow wifi it's borderline unusable. Still nice to have the option I suppose.

  • VNC (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, 2010 @03:38PM (#32558726)

    Google Invents VNC... news at 11.

    Whole forum post [google.com]:

    On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 20:06, Gary Kamarík wrote:
    Our "official" statement at the moment is:

      "We're adding new capabilities all the time. With this functionality (unofficially named "chromoting"), Chrome OS will not only be great platform for running modern web apps, but will also enable you to access legacy PC applications right within the browser. We'll have more details to share on chromoting in the coming months."

    On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:02 AM, PhistucK wrote:
    Since you are being quiet about it, I just want to understand - is
    Chromoting something like Remote Desktop Connection?

    Yes. "something like..."

    Can you spare some more details regarding this component? use cases,
    platform support?

    Sadly, not right now. We'll have more info later.
    -Gary

    Sounds pretty lame thus far. Though an unsubstantiated forum post isn't much to go on.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, 2010 @04:32PM (#32558976)

    There is a lot of this shit going on. *If* this is a usable VNC client that creates an easy to set up and easy to use solution for running windoze apps on Chrome this is a big deal.
    It takes *work* and *skill* to make existing technology/software usable and attractive. That's why Apple is doing well, if it was easy everyone would be doing it. Please everyone just understand this simple fact.

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