VMware is teaming up with Google to bring Windows applications to Chrome OS machines.
The system will use VMware's Blast HTML5 technology to virtualise a Windows environment under Chrome OS.
With the rise in sales for the Google based operating system (OS), there has arisen a need to find a way to run traditional systems in a Chrome environment, and this represents an opportunity for enterprise users who are still tied to Windows XP, which is into its final two months of service life, to continue more or less uninterrupted without having to fear the threat of malware.
VMware will buy mobile management and security startup outfit Airwatch for $1.54bn, or about £930m.
The firm announced today that the deal has been approved by both companies' boards and is forecast to close by the end of this quarter.
The deal will see VMware, which also announced estimated revenue of $1.48bn for the fourth quarter of 2013, pay $1.175bn in cash and $365m in installment payments. Airwatch has nine offices worldwide with a workforce of 1,600 people and lists over 10,000 global customers.
The race for virtualization dominance between Microsoft and VMware has become more interesting with VMware's recent release of vSphere 5.1. We obtained vSphere around the same moment as the final release of Windows Server 2012, whose newly included virtual switch and enhanced Hyper-V features were designed to clobber VMware.
But back in the garages of their digital "brickyard", VMware was scheming to one-up the one-ups.
Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group have posted a number of pieces of hacked data, include VMware source code and purported OCSE documents, as part of protests linked to Guy Fawkes day.
VMware confirmed that source code posted on Sunday was genuine, and recommended that customers apply patches.
Each year at VMworld, the questions about Microsoft become a little more insistent. With the maker of Windows Server providing virtualization that’s cheaper and good enough for many IT shops, how long can VMware remain king of the hill?