Google Chromebooks is targeting Microsoft Windows XP users, who will be forced to migrate to the newest versions. To assist in selling more Google Chromebooks, Citrix today announced 25 percent discount for XenApp Platinum edition.
Google today said the Windows XP end-of-life brings a tremendous opportunity for organizations of all types to rethink their approach to computing and transition to Chromebooks for improved manageability, security and cost savings. Microsoft Windows XP reached end-of-life on 8 April.
Amit Singh, president, Google Enterprise, said: “Enterprises have been steadily adopting Google Chromebooks as an alternative to traditional computing platforms.”
Citrix today announced a promotional discount of 25 percent for XenApp Platinum edition.
The flagship version also includes Citrix AppDNA application management technology that simplifies and speeds up the migration for Microsoft customers from Windows XP to the newest versions.
Citrix also said it will offer Windows apps to Google Chromebooks. Apps for HR, finance and sales are critical for businesses.
Chromebooks for Business, combined with Citrix XenApp virtual app delivery solution and Citrix Receiver for HTML5, enable customers to deliver Windows apps with better user experience at enterprises.
Citrix said it also adds support for collaboration with the recently announced GoToMeeting Free, a web-based app that gives simple video conferencing for Chromebook users, enhancing a mobile workspace solution within the Chrome environment.
XenApp with the HTML5 Receiver powers Chromebooks with Windows apps. Chromebook users get high fidelity, seamless access over the cloud directly to Windows apps. With millions of Windows applications hosted on XenApp already, this helps pave the way for Chromebooks in the enterprise.
Budd Van Lines CIO Douglas Soltesz said the company used Google Chromebooks during the winter to ensure moving of trucks nationwide.
“Employees were given a Chromebook for use inside or outside of the office and virtual access to their productivity, CRM and ERP apps. Combined with Citrix virtual desktop and app delivery technology, Chromebooks are an economical, maintenance-free computing device that provides critical mobile access to our employees,” said Douglas.
Meanwhile, Microsoft in a blog post on 8 April said that support for Windows XP ends Tuesday, which means there will be no more security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for Windows XP from Microsoft. Support is also ending for Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and SharePoint 2003.
Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software, which can steal or damage your personal information and business data. Our research shows that anti-virus software protection is not sufficient when the underlying operating system is not being patched, said Microsoft.
To help safeguard your personal data, Microsoft recommends that you upgrade your PC to a modern Windows operating system or move to a new Windows PC or tablet so you can receive regular security updates to help protect your computer from malicious attacks.