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Chrome remote desktop

Google has released a remote desktop extension for Chrome. The extension works everywhere Chrome does (including Chrome OS and Chromium) and is as easy to use as it gets: there are no settings and you only have to enter an access code and you're ready to go.

Even though this is a Chrome extension, you'll be able to control the entire remote computer and not just the web browser, just like you can using regular desktop applications such as TeamViewer or Mikogo. There is one thing I miss in Chrome Remote Desktop though: since this is a Chrome extension, you can't access your desktop using an Android device. But I'm sure it's just a matter of time until Google will provide a compatible Android app (or maybe Chrome for Android).

chrome remote desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop can be used to provide remote help or connect to your own computer remotely, however, someone must provide the access code if you want to connect to your own computer. But according to the extension page, "additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon".

In my test, the extension worked great and there was almost no lag when connecting to either a Linux or Windows remote computer. The extension is easy to install and use, but there are missing features like sending keyboard shortcuts to the remote computer, file sharing and many others. But it's still in beta and Google says more features are coming.

Important: for now, the extension doesn't work if you log in using a @googlemail.com account instead of @gmail.com. But there is a work-around - see HERE. (thanks to Carmelo Scollo for the tip!)

Download Chrome Remote Desktop BETA

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