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Actually, there's a lower cost and easier alternative to using Citrix for accessing Windows applications from Chromebooks.  And it's been around since Chromebooks were released.  Ericom's AccessNow HTML5 RDP solution enables Chromebook users to securely connect to Terminal Server or VDI virtual destops (or almost any RDP host) and run their applications and desktops in a browser.  It's not necessary to have a Citrix infrastucture.  AccessNow will work with Terminal Server (RDS) and most hypervisors.

AccessNow does not require any installation on the Chromebook, so it's easy to deploy and manage.

For an online demo open your Chrome browser and visit:

Please note that I work for Ericom.

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I'm not surprised that Google has been successful at getting Chromebooks into schools.  They're easy for students to use and for the IT staff to manage.  The price is reasonable, so if they're lost, stolen or damaged, they're easier to replace.

One issue is that many web-based education applications need Java, which Chromebooks do not support.  And some schools may still be running Windows applications.  A way around these issues is with a solution like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP solution that enables Chromebook users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications or desktops in a browser tab.  That means that you can open up an Internet Explorer session inside a Chrome browser tab, and then connect to the applications that require Java and run them on the Chromebook.

For more information about AccessNow for Chromebooks in Education, visit:

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