Google Invests In Neverware
You would be forgiven if you’ve never heard about Neverware: it’s a relatively little known business based around the premise of converting Windows machines to run Chromium, the open source version of Google’s Chrome OS, as we find on Chromebook devices. On the face of it, Windows is a more powerful operating system but to paraphrase Obi Wan Kenobi, many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Windows as a platform is designed to run local applications, whereas Chrome OS is built to cache data that’s running on a remote machine. This is a very simple explanation of the differences between the two machine types, and for many computer users the day to day tasks that you can do on these machines is similar.
Although Microsoft Windows remains the dominant operating system for businesses, the Chrome OS platform is gaining ground. System administrators are drawn to how Chrome OS computers are very simple to maintain, including aspects such as updates (these require a machine reboot), to clearing old user data (very little is kept, and it’s very quick to clear), and Google have worked hard to introduce powerful enterprise-grade controls to Chrome OS. Also, something that appeals to the finance or accounting departments is that Chrome OS is a lighter platform compared with Windows, so typically runs well on old, slow hardware. For those businesses wishing to maximise the use of gracefully aging hardware, and where they are thinking about switching at least some users to Google’s platform to benefit from simpler system administration, there’s a case to convert older, slow Windows hardware to run Chrome OS (or Chromium).
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a company that can do this..? Enter Neverware.
Neverware design software called ‘CloudReady,’ which may be used to convert Windows desktops and laptops to run Chromium. Neverware launched its Series B funding round and Google is listed as one of the initial investors. To date, Neverware has been biased towards the home market but the company is eyeing up the enterprise and big business market. The new CloudReady for Enterprise installer costs $99 and includes integration with both Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft OneDrive. Chromium is an open source, free operating system, so it’s cheaper than Microsoft Windows – but has the potential to allow employees to use similar applications and services as they could otherwise on a Windows machine.
Neverware isn’t exactly supported or sponsored by Google, but it’s interesting that the Internet search giant is working towards boosting the adoption of the Chromium or Chrome OS platform.
SOURCE [Android Central]