Microsoft has unveiled a new ‘Windows App’ during Ignite 2023, which allows users to stream Windows PCs from anywhere. This app is compatible with macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Windows, but unfortunately, it is not available for Android or ChromeOS.
For Chromebook users, the only option to access Windows or Windows apps is through the browser implementation. This has been a long-standing desire for Chromebook owners, who have been hoping for the ability to use Windows or Windows apps for years. While there was some hope that this would come from Parallels, it seems to be limited to the enterprise market.
The new Windows App is designed to provide access to cloud computers from compatible devices, including Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, and Microsoft Dev Box. It also offers limited ability to access Remote Desktop Services and remote PCs.
However, Android and ChromeOS users have been left out, as the Windows App is not compatible with Chromebooks, and there is no dedicated Android app. Even using a mobile browser to access the service is not supported. Additionally, a registered work or school account is required to use the app, further limiting access for consumers.
While Mac, iPhone, and iPad users can connect to their own Windows computers using the app, the support documents state that these connections are not currently supported. This leaves Chromebook users in the consumer market with few alternatives.
Despite the rapid advancements in Chromebooks through Google’s Chromebook Plus initiative, there are still limitations to what can be done on ChromeOS compared to Windows or macOS. Windows cannot be run on a Chromebook either.
As of now, there are limited options for Chromebook users to access Windows or Windows apps, and it remains to be seen if this will change in the future.