In the same way that Workplace servers run your traditional desktop programs to ensure security and compliance, Workplace also provides a secure hosted web browser that runs on the workplace cloud. If you’re working with a hosted browser, you’ll see a little cloud on the Workplace extension icon.
We recommend using these hosted websites for everything work related except for media-rich content like music and videos, which could slow down performance. In those instances, you can launch a new tab in your local browser at the bottom of the hosted browser window.
Another handy feature is the ability to suspend tabs that are running in the background for an extended period of time, which can drain resources. This is perfect if you have a lot of tabs open at the same time.
Right-click on the workplace browser extension, and click on options.
There are some advantages to suspending your tabs.
- Whitelist specific urls or domains that you do not want to suspend
- Optionally show screen capture of tab before it was suspended
- Vastly improves performance when restarting chrome with a large number of open tabs
- Won’t suspend tabs playing audio
- Prevents suspending tabs with user input forms
- Automatically unsuspends tabs when they come into focus
To add a url to the whitelist, simply type it in the box.
Now that you’ve learned about working with hosted apps, the hosted file explorer, and hosted web browsers, let’s look at hosted apps in the Desktop App.