Windows on a Chromebook / Chromebox

Instantly deliver Windows applications and desktops to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, with Ericom AccessNow HTML5 RDP Client

Google Chromebooks and Ericom’s web-based RDP Client solution enable users to access Windows applications and desktops (virtual & physical) from Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and any other device running HTML5-compatible browsers.


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    Flexibility & mobility – Enables users to access Windows applications and desktops in addition to accessing their Web apps - simultaneously, wherever they are!

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    Simple, easy and inexpensive to maintain – NO plug-ins required, simplifies life for system administrators and end-users alike

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    Simplifies device management – Eliminates Windows PC software management

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    Enables faster deployments – of popular Chromebook initiatives

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    Clients

    • Supports Google Chrome OS (Chromebook and Chromebox) devices running Chrome 12 or higher, and any other device with an HTML5-capable browser

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    Server Platforms

    • Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2008(R2) / 2012 / 2012(R2) Terminal Services (physical or virtual). Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) are supported.
    • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as remote desktops (physical or virtual). Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) are supported.
    • Server must have CPU with SSE2 instruction set support
    • Compatible with Windows semi-annual channel versions
    • Added True Lossless options when best quality is required
    • Updated JQuery components to 3.2.1 (26201)
    • Support for URL redirection by non-administrator users on Windows 2016 server
    • Universal printer – initial print job as fast as subsequent print jobs (25078)
    • On Windows 10 and 2016 systems, the log now shows the correct OS version (25128)
    • Improved AccessServer memory management for better stability (23810)
    • Improved AccessServer logging under high load (25339)
    • TB license usage in log fix (22357)
    • Added Multi-touch Gesture Redirection functionality
    • Added “Force Touchscreen” option to manually enable/disable touch features
    • Added “Force Virtual Keyboard” option to manually enable/disable the virtual keyboard feature
    • Resolved a display rendering issue on Safari with iOS
    • AccessNow URL redirection supports Windows 2008R2, 2012R2, 2016
    • Compatible with Samsung universal print driver for faster printing
    • SSO path is configurable (23812)
    • Improved AccessServer stability
    • New client keep-alive heartbeat
    • AccessServer includes stabilization fixes (CA0000034750)
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    • Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client written purely in HTML5.
    • Runs wholly inside the browser
    • Does not install anything on the client device
    • Looks, works and performs like, and even better than, the regular (native) RDP client
    • This means that the AccessNow HTML5 client, which is implemented using only standard Web technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript), does not require Flash, Java, ActiveX, Silverlight or any other special software installed on the end-user device.
    • Uses the same client for ALL platforms
    • Looks and works the same way on all platforms
    • Eliminates management of end-point devices – no installation, configuration, management, update, patching, etc.
    • Integrates Ericom RDP compression and acceleration technology delivering great remote access performance.
    • Supports any HTML5 compatible browser on any platform, including Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad / iPad mini, iPhone , Android, BlackBerry / Playbook and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, etc.
    • Comes with Ericom SSL Secure Gateway; provides secure, encrypted access when connecting from outside the firewall. Ericom AccessNow also works smoothly with existing SSL VPNs
    • It's so simple! All users need is a Chromebook and an internet connection:
      1. Users open a web page and navigate to the relevant URL to launch the connection.
      2. The users enter their credentials and press 'Connect' — Their Windows desktop (or application) appears directly inside the browser window. That's it!
    • Behind the scenes:
    • The client connects to the Ericom AccessNow Server using WebSockets – usually installed on the RDP host itself.
    • The AccessNow Server translates WebSocket communication to/from RDP
    • The remote Windows desktop / application UI is displayed inside the browser window
    • Click to view a diagram

    • RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol. A remote display protocol developed by Microsoft. RDP is a standard component of Microsoft Windows.
    • RDP Host – a Windows system that can be remotely accessed using Microsoft RDP.
    • HTML5 – a new update to the HTML specification. Extends HTML with new features and functionality for communication, display, etc.
    • WebSockets – a bi-directional, full-duplex communication mechanism introduced in the HTML5 specification.
    • SSL – Secure Sockets Layer is a cryptographic protocol that provides communications security over the Internet.
    • Chromebook - mobile device running Google Chrome OS. The devices comprise a distinct class of personal computer, falling between a pure cloud client and traditional laptop.
    • Leverages the HTML5 canvas to display a remote PC desktop, taking full advantage of WebSockets and HTML5 technologies, using only standard web technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript)
    • Compatible with SSL VPNs and web proxies that do not support WebSockets
    • URL redirection - clicking a web link in the remote session optionally opens it in a tab in the local browser
    • Integrates with home-grown portals
    • Printing – Supports printing from remote host to the Chromebook. Printouts open as Adobe Acrobat reader (.pdf) files in new browser tabs. Users can easily send them to local printers, save them, email, etc.
    • Supports file transfers between local and remote sessions
    • Supports Intel x86, ARM or any other CPU architecture
    • Localized UI – User Interface locale is automatically selected based on browser locale (available languages include English, Japanese, Chinese and others)
    • Supports multiple keyboard locales including Japanese and Korean
    • Ericom AccessNow uses the browser’s built-in TLS / SSL encryption capabilities to ensure privacy and security
    • Ericom AccessNow is compatible with leading SSL VPNs such as Juniper and Cisco
    • Ericom also provides a free Secure Gateway that provides authenticated and secure, single-port entry into internal corporate resources

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“Ericom AccessNow definitely met all our requirements because of its ability to do cross-platform. While we're primarily using Chromebooks today, our BYOD initiative will certainly expand to leverage other devices...”

Jeff Tham, Technology Coordinator, Bradford School District

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