The wild thing about Windows apps on Chrome OS

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Here in the land o’ mobile tech, worlds are colliding more than ever. Up is down. Left is right. And lines are blurring everywhere you look.

As we speak, Microsoft is inching ever closer to releasing its first self-made Android phone — one that could prove to be the most interesting Android device we’ve seen in ages. And now, to balance out that “hell freezing over” moment, Google has announced it’s getting ready to bring Windows apps onto its Chrome OS platform.

Take a minute to let that sink in. Microsoft, the “never Google” desktop champion, is turning to Google’s mobile operating system to find its future. And Google, the company that’s long referred to Windows and its ecosystem as an artifact of “legacy” computing, is finding a way to let you run Windows software on its cloud-centric, proudly post-Windows platform.

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All philosophical wonderment aside, though, Google’s move to bring Windows applications into the Chrome OS environment has some pretty massive practical implications, both for those of us who already use Chromebooks and for those who have thus far avoided that bandwagon.

The biggest effect of all — the truly wild thing about Google introducing native-like access to Windows apps for Chrome OS? Once that shift shows up, there’ll be virtually no buts left — no asterisks as to why a Chromebook might not be right for one situation or another.

Chrome OS’s limitations have been shrinking bit by bit for years. And with this move, they’ll be all but erased — at least, on the enterprise level.

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