Google Releases Enterprise Bundle for Chrome
With almost 2/3rds of the web browser market share, Google Chrome is the #1 choice for many businesses. This week Google announced a new installation bundle for enterprise users. The collection titled the “enterprise bundle” includes a Chrome installer (in .msi format), the Legacy Browser Support (LBS) add-on, and a set of templates for applying group policies to Chrome within the company. All of these tools were already available individually, but putting them together was more of a way to make things easier on IT staff.
This is a great move on Google’s part, as they recognize their dominance in the market, and look to gain more traction in enterprise environments. With these 3 key components in one easy to manage installation, Managed IT Service Providers can deploy Chrome to many users in a quick and efficient manner. They will have more control over the browser and still allow for legacy systems to be in use.
Many companies still utilize legacy systems that require Internet Explorer to function. The LBS add-on for Chrome is able to detect these systems and open those links using Internet Explorer instead of attempting to open it within Chrome. This takes the guesswork and frustration out for the employee, as they don’t have to remember which applications they can run in each browser. “When they’re done with the legacy app and type in other URLs that are not specified by the admin, LBS will switch the user back to Chrome,” Matt Blumberg, a Chrome product manager explained.
In addition to the LBS add-on, as mentioned the bundle also includes a set of templates for applying group policies to Chrome. Group policies help secure and protect and standardize deployments of operating system and application settings. This helps if you need to have all of your employees open a specific website upon loading the browser or add specific bookmarks, and many other security settings as well. If you have already deployed Chrome, however, you can still download the templates separately.
Finally, Google also announced Chrome’s official support for Citrix XenApp Servers and Windows Terminal Server. With virtual environments becoming a standard this is great news for businesses. In the past running several instances of Chrome in multiple user accounts on one machine could slow the system down. This should mitigate those issues, as Chrome will now be more built for that type of usage.
Eric graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Information Technology (IT). He has worked in a variety of technology related fields. Some of these fields include document management software/hardware, enterprise level networking and VoIP phone systems, as well as large scale software implementation projects and the setup of small business networks.