After surprising many with the acquisition of Neverware, the developers of CloudReady, Google is now seeking to integrate it directly and officially into the Chrome OS, according to a new Chromium Repository discovered by Kevin on About Chromebooks. Since CloudReady has been around for a while by itself, the initial steps in these two merging code bases will, of course, be small and incremental. Looks like Google’s just starting to wrap their heads around how they can put it all together using temporary code hacks on the back for now.
Kevin expects Google to have the entire Neverware GitLab code converted to an internal Google codebase before long, pointing to the company̵
What does all this mean for the end user? Not much, in fact – at least not yet. Neverware made it clear that CloudReady would still be available ‘as is’, with support and maintenance still for existing customers. When it becomes an official Chrome OS offering, existing customers will be upgraded seamlessly. It is important to remember that CloudReady is a solution intended for education and business. It offers a version of Chrome OS for older Mac and Windows devices, so they can continue to operate and in many cases be revived instead of being thrown in the trash. It allows organizations to embrace cloud resources by giving them access to them securely.
With LaCrOS soon to become the default browser for Chrome OS and the integration of CloudReady into Google’s own operating system, all indications are that the company wants to extend the life of its devices both on the consumer side and in education and business. Chromebooks and Chromeboxes currently receive up to eight years of updates in some cases, but soon their access to security updates, updates and features can be greatly expanded, and it’s exciting. All of this will help Google compete on the next level with Microsoft, which has dominated the Enterprise market for decades.