As consumers adjust their technology preferences, some such preferences are making their way into the workplace as well. One notable change is to the preferred browser. Internet Explorer was the most popular web browser through 2015 until Chrome overtook the top spot in 2016, according to a Net Market Share report. The popularity of Chrome has been expanded and refined in the increasingly popular Chromebook devices on the market, which offer “the best of Google built-in.” To help companies address and manage these devices, VMware released the industry’s first unified endpoint management (UEM) support for the Chrome operating system (Chrome OS) through Workspace ONE.
For years companies had been loyal to Internet Explorer (now Edge) and Firefox, which were the two browsers traditionally used in the workplace. Yet outside the workplace, the adoption of Chrome was skyrocketing due to its speed, simplicity and security. In 2011, the first Chromebook was launched, and iterations from Samsung, Acer and LG quickly caught on. As an increasing number of BYOD assets have continued to infiltrate organizations in numerous industries and companies are forced to acknowledge and address such employee preferences, support for the Chrome OS has become a pressing need for many IT teams. Thanks to VMware, Workspace ONE support for Chrome OS can be leveraged in a few different ways.
The single sign-on (SSO) feature allows employees to access all of their work apps and information just by signing in to Workspace ONE, without the need to enter any other passwords. SSO makes working from anywhere on a Chrome OS device comfortable and convenient. If you’re considering it, providing employees with Chromebooks allows them to enjoy the perks of both Workspace ONE and Chrome right out of the box.
The ephemeral mode is excellent for use on shared company-owned devices used by shift workers. When enabled, it allows employees access to essential apps while logged in but clears personal user data upon log-out.
Does your business use customer kiosks? Businesses commonly use Chrome OS devices such as Chromebases, Chromeboxes or Chromebits as self-service workstations for use by customers. UEM allows you to manage and secure these kinds of devices as well. Typically, these workstations or kiosks only use a few apps. Workspace ONE will even enable you to lock that device down to a single app if needed.
Workspace ONE support for Chrome OS is poised to a make a dramatic impact in businesses. For more detailed specs, check out this article from the VMware blog. If you’re ready to offer a simple and secure user-friendly interface across devices that employees and customers alike will enjoy — no matter what business you’re in — we can help. Secure your enterprise’s Chrome OS devices by talking to one of our experts today.