Chrome Remote Desktop Comes of Age

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The lifespan of technology products is far different than that of people. “Childhood,” as represented by beta phase, is measured in months rather than years, and after a year in beta Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop is the latest technology product to put aside childish things and become an adult.

Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access their computers and the computers of others, including device settings and files stored on a hard drive, through the Chrome desktop.  In officially removing Chrome Remote Desktop from beta, Google is adding a few new grown-up features.


These include a real-time Windows audio feed that allows users to have remote access to MP3 files, as well as the ability to copy and paste content between computers. Google is not giving a whole lot of detail out about the new non-beta status of Chrome Remote Desktop but promises it has “more features in the works that will make Chrome Remote Desktop even more powerful.”

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Security, Ad Hoc Remote Support Features Earn Praise

WebProNews gives Chrome Remote Desktop initial positive reviews. “It’s a great way to share information in real time, as well as troubleshoot another computer remotely,” states a posting on the release. WebProNews cites Chrome Remote Desktop’s security feature of requiring an access code to get onto another user’s desktop. The article also notes that “Computers can be made available on a short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured.” 

Polishing Chrome

Google is releasing the full-fledged version of Remote Desktop during a generally busy time for all things Chrome. Last week, Google released the updated Chromebook in partnership with Samsung. As reported by CMSWire, for US$ 249 users get an 11.6-inch screen with 2GB RAM, powered by an ARM processor that doesn't need a fan, resulting in a silent machine. With 16GB of storage (and 100GB of free cloud storage), it runs the latest version of Google's Chrome OS.

Google actually references Remote Chrome Desktop as “a great companion tool for your new Samsung Chromebook,” although CMSWire contributor Chris Knight cautioned the Chromebook primarily serves as an “appealing hobby device” that “looks like a viable proposition, but you'd have to be pretty brave to go all-in on a Chromebook.”