New Chrome browser offers sysadmins new tools for mass deployment
Google is working with various businesses in giving them a reason to stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer by offering system admins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own new and improved Chrome browser.
That Chrome is a safer product than IE is no secret in the internet community. The new Chrome enterprise bundle offers an MSI installer and various ADMX templates that allows system administrators to apply various policies determined in Microsoft's Group Policy Object Editor.
The concept is to offer sysadmins the necessary tools to create various cuts of Chrome that meet their employers' policies, then send the appropriate versions to its users. It's a rather simple idea.
Google has even baked a “Legacy Browser Support Extension” that can run Microsoft's Silverlight and ActiveX technology, for those who can't free themselves from those ancient plug-ins but do want to reduce their reliance on IE.
Google has also announced that it now offers paid enterprise support agreements for Chrome. Importantly, it will also support popular SaaS (software-as-a-service) apps in its browser-- Office 365, Salesforce, Workday, SAP Fiori, Uber Conference, etc.
There's also support for Citrix's XenApp, plus Windows Server with Terminal services on Chrome. Then again, Chrome has always supported Terminal Services, so there's nothing new there.
The announcement of the bundle and its various alliances was released to coincide with Citrix's annual Synergy Conference.
Some workers in the IT community already know that Citrix and Microsoft just 'recently joined at the hip' with the former now the latter's preferred source of application publishing services on-premises and in Azure.
Always looking for new opportunities, it looks like Google has stuck its foot in that door while also moving to make Chrome more appealing to most enterprise users, and for good reason.
Whether the users will be happy to have Google support in a browser and Microsoft do the rest of the desktop remains to be seen.