Google Joins Modern Computing Alliance, Touts PWA Momentum

Announced today, the Modern Computing Alliance brings together Google and other large companies to “address the biggest IT challenges companies face today with integrating silicon to the cloud.”

Drive ‘silicon to cloud’ innovation to benefit enterprise customers, driving a differentiated modern computing platform and providing additional options for integrated business solutions.

Mission status

This involves “aligning standards and technologies” so that companies have options in their transition to the cloud. The full list includes Box, Citrix, Dell, Imprivata, Intel, Okta, RingCentral, Slack, VMware, and Zoom.

Google’s contribution specifically focuses on Chrome Enterprise (browser + Chrome OS) and the Workspace productivity team.

One effort to “redefine modern computing together” is to encourage the use of enterprise progressive web applications (PWAs) over legacy native programs. This enables an “integrated and secure experience on any device, from anywhere” that is easier for developers to build.

To help boost the PWA, Google today pledged to “improvise[ing] the quality of video and audio experiences on native PWAs by leveraging the hardware-based capabilities and optimizations of the platform to deliver exceptional performance across the vertical stack. “

In addition to performance, Modern Computing Alliance has four “pressing challenges” in total:

  • Performance: We will invest in reducing friction and creating a much smoother and more user-friendly experience on the web and on devices.
  • Security and Identity: We will create more advanced cloud data security and improve data loss prevention solutions.
  • Remote Work, Productivity and Collaboration: The Alliance will improve the productivity of an increasingly distributed workforce by providing telemetry information across the stack.
  • Healthcare: Healthcare providers need a better return on investment in technology to improve patient outcomes and reduce IT costs.

“Some of the early innovations” from Google and the Modern Computing Alliance effort will be shared in the first half of 2021.

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