Google this week announced a couple of enterprise friendly features including a new “Enterprise Bundle” for Chrome and support for Citrix XenApp. This comes after the recent announcement of their partnership with VMware for Chrome OS adoption in enterprise.
Chrome Enterprise Bundle
Chrome Enterprise Bundle is a group of enterprise friendly tools that work with Chrome. With Legacy Browser support (LBS) extension, if an employee clicks on a link that requires an outdated plugin such as Silverlight or ActiveX, the link will be opened in a legacy browser that supports the plugin.
Another piece of this enterprise bundle is administrative policy templates. These templates allow administrators to configure Chrome the way they want, inside their office network. If Chrome is already deployed but you’re not actively managing Chrome, the policy templates are also available for download separately.
Citrix XenApp, Terminal Services & Windows Server on Chrome
Google announced that they will be adding support for Citrix XenApp, making it possible to access legacy applications right on your browser:
So we’re adding official support for running Citrix XenApp as well as Windows Server with Terminal services on Chrome. In Chrome 58, which we began rolling out this month, we include support for GPU acceleration within Citrix environments, roaming profiles and Windows Server auto-detection for easy configuration for IT administrators.
Looks like one of the goals this year for the Chrome team to make the browser and Chrome OS more attractive in companies. The time is also right for them, because most of the applications that enterprises uses have moved on to modern web technologies. For those few bits and pieces which will still require legacy browsers, these new services that Google announced will be sufficient.