Looking to penetrate deeper into the enterprise, Google has introduced a business-ready version of its popular Chrome operating system.
Chrome Enterprise adds new features to Chrome OS, including enterprise app storefronts, more security controls, and round-the-clock support. It also integrates with popular endpoint and identity management solutions from VMware and Microsoft.
Chrome Enterprise product manager David Karam blogged: "With the added capabilities Chrome Enterprise provides on top of Chrome OS, many businesses are eager to deploy Chrome further across their organizations to connect more users securely to the cloud."
Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers the line of Google authorized Chromebook laptops and tablets, leans on the Chrome web browser as its primary interface to apps and data.
Chrome Enterprise integrates with VMware Workspace ONE, a unified endpoint management solution, to enable management of all Chrome devices—owned by companies or employees—from a single console. Workspace ONE is the first third-party solution that can manage Chrome devices.
"This collaboration combines the speed, simplicity, and security of Chrome with the cloud-based unified endpoint management of VMware AirWatch," Karam said, referring to the virtualisation leader's mobility management software leveraged by Workspace ONE.
On the identity management side, Chrome Enterprise is the first version of Google's operating system fully compatible with Microsoft Active Directory. The Active Directory integration allows employees to use native credentials to authenticate Chrome devices, and admins to centralise user policies, Karam said.
The new operating system, along with the enablement of virtual desktops, shows Google is "changing the operating system game" much as the company has done with the office productivity suite through its G Suite product.