ASUS Chromebook Adds Remote Access to Windows

Computer company ASUS is integrating software on one of its Chromebook lines to allow schools using Chrome to run Windows applications and desktops from within the Google environment. ASUS is relying on technology from Ericom Software, a company that develops desktop virtualization and remote access applications.

Under the new agreement, Ericom's software, AccessNow, will be integrated into ASUS' student-grade Chromebook C202SA. AccessNow is an HTML5-powered remote desktop protocol (RDP) client that runs in a browser. The software company said no plug-in installation or customization is required to add it to a device. Once the user has brought up the software in a browser and logged in, he or she can use it to access Windows applications and desktops.

Among Ericom's K-12 customers are New Jersey's Jackson School District, which runs a Chromebook cart program, and New York's Bradford Central School District, which has just introduced a Chromebook 1-to-1 program.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.