Chrome Remote Desktop – Access Any Computer Remotely Using Google Chrome

Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform, extension to connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks.

Sounds awesome, right?

“Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is the first installment on a capability allowing users to remotely access another computer through the Chrome browser or a Chromebook.

The goal of this beta release is to demonstrate the core Chrome Remoting technology and get feedback from users. This version enables users to share with or get access to another computer by providing a one-time authentication code. Access is given only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only, and the sharing session is fully secured. One potential use of this version is the remote IT helpdesk case. The helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while conversely a user can receive help by setting up a sharing session without leaving their desk. Additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon.”

That’s how the team explains the new beta release of this remote desktop feature. Oh, btw, this extension is from the Chromium team, the people behind the browser and OS.

They have been developing this feature for a long time. That explains a lot, especially when most other features make it to stable release in short span of time, comparing to other browsers.

This feature will give a tough competition to those free remote access services available in the market now. Watch out teamviwer! Talking of that,  do you think Corporate IT will block Chrome or this feature because of data security concerns?

Works on Chromebooks Too!

During the future stages of development, this extension or this feature will be a hi-light on Chromebook, answering the criticism of not being able to do anything that a traditional PC does. This may not be a full blown solution, and Chromebooks are not aiming to be a 100% replacement for your traditional PC as of now. However, this tool will be handy for anyone who owns a Chromebook.

Agree, Chromies?

Install this Extension From Here.

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

Show 11 Comments
  • Cougar Abogado 08/10/2011, 8:22 pm

    Love it, thanks. I think this will _really_ help me with IT help for mom/mother-in-law!

    • Dinu 09/10/2011, 12:58 pm

      cool 🙂

  • Dean 09/10/2011, 4:45 pm

    I tried this and I cant get it to work. Tried it with an XP vm, my host is linux, networking is configured and works in the vm, yet I can only make a connection if I share my host to the vm, and the other way. Tried with a friend over the internet also, no firewalls blocking it, wont work.
    Nice idea though.

  • Jon 09/10/2011, 9:31 pm

    I Deployed Chrome at my organization because I was able to lock it down using the chrome group policy extension (ADM). However great this feature is, it can be a massive security risk (A user given basic instructions could unwittingly give an outsider complete access to their machine). I hope Google makes sure to include options to control this feature in an updated ADM, or I will have to lock out Chrome. Perhaps with more information on what TCP/IP port it uses, I can add rules to the desktop firewalls to only allow connections from within my organization’s IP Range.

  • Sorin 10/10/2011, 12:12 pm

    dartlang dot org is up. apparently the new dart language that is supposed to replace javascript is very very similar to c++ and runs both on client side (chrome, firefox, safari for now) and server side (apache)

  • Kiran @ 10/10/2011, 9:42 pm

    I agree with the first commenter – definitely a great tool to help connect me and mom to fix issues she has on her computer 😀

    • Dinu 10/10/2011, 10:24 pm

      try it and let us all know 🙂

  • mavhc 15/10/2011, 5:08 pm

    My brother runs chrome on linux, I’m on Windows 7, he could connect to me, but it always failed the other way around.

    He could only see 1 of my 3 displays, and once he’d disconnected Windows was all messed up, couldn’t switch windows, start key didn’t work, tried killing dwm.exe, then restarted the computer.

  • rcrow490 03/03/2012, 6:06 am

    Logmein works great. I can’t see this being better.