With businesses embracing Chrome, from Chromebooks in the office, to shared Chrome devices in field, to signage and kiosks for customer engagement in retail—Google is steping further with the new browser based operating system dubbed "Chrome Enterprise."
The new offering brings host of features, including access to enterprise app storefronts, deep security controls, 24/7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE and Microsoft Active Directory (AD).
This allows it to seamlessly integrate into the existing infrastructure of companies through unified credential management.
Chrome Enterprise when paired with Microsoft AD, allows employees to use their native credentials to authenticate across devices and Google Cloud Services like Google Play while centralizing management of user and device policies for IT admins.
Also, this integration simplifies on-premise integration trials, so admins can sign up and get going quickly in under two minutes with the new simple setup flows.
Microsoft also recently began supporting single sign-on through Active Directory in Chrome browser with a new extension, that allows employees to sign-in once through Windows 10 and have it carry over to the browser, where they are instantaneously connected to several Microsoft-based services and applications.
Further, VMware Workspace ONE, will provide a centralized approach to manage corporate-owned devices or bring-your-own device (BYOD) policies using customizable assignment of groups based on geography, device platform, department, role, and more – simplifying policy enforcement across the company.
Building on previously Workspace ONE & Chrome OS integration, it also provide employees access to all enterprise applications from a single app catalog be it Native Android, Virtual Windows, Web, or Cloud.
In the picture below, you can see more about Chrome Enterprise license offerings:
Furthermore, the company notes, Play Store already available to Chromebooks will expand to Enterprise version to include more devices, once it becomes available.
Chrome Enterprise will cost $50 per device per year, and includes 24/7 Enterprise Support among several other features,.
In other related news, Google now allows installing and running simultaneously "Chrome Beta and Chrome Dev" on the same Windows computer, as stable Chrome.
By installing Chrome, Chrome Beta, and Chrome Dev side by side, developers can now more easily test their site across multiple versions of Chrome.
This means side-by-side Chrome installation is available on Windows, Android, and Linux. It will also be available on other platforms in future releases.
If you already have Chrome Dev or Beta, want to run it side-by-side with stable Chrome, will first need to uninstall and then reinstall from the Chromium release channels page.
Once installed, you can transfer bookmarks, settings, and other data, by signing-in to Chrome "before you uninstall."