Google takes on virtual desktops with acquisition of app-streamer Cameyo

Posted: 7th Jun 2024

Google has decided to take on the likes of Citrix and VMware by acquiring an outfit called Cameyo whose tech makes it possible to stream apps into browsers – including on Chromebooks.

The search giant’s announcement of the acquisition opines that “Traditionally, businesses have leveraged virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions to access legacy apps without them being installed on the device”. Google also included a quote from analyst firm Forrester Consulting - taken from research it commissioned - to the effect that VDI’s downside include a requirement for “specialized skill sets, user experience latency, and difficulty in security and management.”

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