Cameyo announces new patent, making it easier to run Windows apps anywhere

Kip Kniskern

When we last wrote about Cameyo, we told you about their partnership with Google to make Chrome OS Flex, the new OS in preview that’s able to install on older computers, run Windows apps. Now today, the company is announcing a new patent for its Temporary User Profiles technology, which allows companies to allow their employees to log in to Cameyo’s cloud services hosting Windows apps without having to deal with legacy virtualization solutions.

Cameyo’s Temporary User Profiles can eliminate the use of Active Directory, roaming user profiles, network drive mapping, VPNs and more, which together contribute to what Cameyo calls “roaming user profile bloat.”

“For organizations that are looking to migrate to the cloud, roaming user profile bloat is holding them back. Active Directory and roaming user profiles are not a fit for the cloud – they are complex, and negatively impact the user experience,” said Eyal Dotan, Founder and CTO of Cameyo. “Virtualization solutions that rely on roaming user profiles fall into the trap of constantly trying to sync modern technology with the past instead of clearing the path for cloud-native technologies by eliminating the dependence on Active Directory and on-premise components.” 

Cameyo’s Temporary User Profiles work by creating an “ultra-secure, one-time password,” allowing a user to connect with the system, using Session Sync technology to let the user pick up where they left off. When the user logs off, their session is wiped, but session data is synced via Session Sync, ensuring that even if the user connects again from a totally different computer to a totally different Cameyo server, their data will be just as they left it.

Cameyo offers customers the ability to run Windows apps anywhere, by hosting them in the cloud, and available cross platform. Users on a Chromebook, for example, don’t need to have Excel installed to work on a fully functioning instance of the latest version of Excel. I talked with Robb Henshaw, Co-Founder and CMO of Cameyo, about the licensing aspects of these Windows apps, and he told me that Cameyo is “not an end-around for Windows licensing.” Companies wanting to provide their users with access to Windows apps will have to have all the necessary licensing in place.

But if companies in this post-pandemic hybrid work environment still need to use the apps and tools they were using in their offices but don’t want the expense or the hassle of provisioning Windows machines and Active Directory services for their users, Cameyo could provide a cost effective middle ground.