Called Chrome Remote Desktop, the new feature is in beta testing and lets you connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chromebooks. The app can access all data on a remote computer and requires the person sharing access to their computer to give a code to the person who will tap into it remotely. That authentication must be done every time access is granted.
The company released the new cross platform extension for its Chrome browser on Friday.
The feature comes in handy for people who need technical assistance from IT technicians in far flung locations. Businesses also use similar services when training employees on new software or systems.
Google’s free app currently lets IT administrators, or anyone, have remote access to users computers to solve technical issues. In the release notes, Google stated that additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon.
Google says the goal of the beta release is to demonstrate the core Chrome Remoting technology and get feedback from users.
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