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I've read that Google chromebooks are built for cloud. Are they limited to cloud applications only? Can I run a desktop application in it?

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# Comment Id: 61766

Hi Samantha

The Chromebook is running Google Chrome OS and is designed to be connected to the internet. Regarding to our traditional applications, like Word or Excel, Chromebook users should add web apps from the Chrome Web Store similar to the application you wanted.

The specifications of the newest Chromebook on the market the Samsung Series 5 550 are:

Processor: Intel Core

RAM: 4 GB

Storage: 16 GB

Screen Size: 12.1 in

Weight: 3.3 lb

Battery Life: 6 hrs (continuous)

Having these specifications on a laptop, how can we install applications with a 16 GB? So the answer is we can’t install windows applications but instead add web apps.

For now, Chromebook is pretty dependent on their cloud services. They are currently working on the device offline editing support so that even on an area that doesn’t have a network connection, you can still use the Chromebook. Google is also in the process of building a Google drive for the Chrome OS. Chromebooks are becoming more like the same with the other laptops. Let us give them time to perfect the device.

# Comment Id: 64500

Chromebooks are designed to run applications in the cloud.  If, however, like many people, you will still want to run Windows applications, you can check out Ericom's AccessNow HTML5 RDP solution that  enables remote users to securely connect from Chromebooks to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their Windows applications and desktops in a browser.

AccessNow does not require any software installation on the end user device - all you need is an HTML5-compatible browser.

For more info visit:
http://www.ericom.com/RDPChromebook.asp?URL_ID=708

Note: I work for Ericom