Thursday 1 November 2012

Google Chrome Remote Desktop out of beta

A year after the launch of the beta for Chrome Remote Desktop, an add-on for Google’s popular browser Chrome, the search giant has announced in a blog post that the add-on is now officially out of beta. Along with the full release of the add-on, Google has added some new features to it.

According to the blog post, new features include the addition of a real time audio feed on Windows. This can be handy if you want to listen to an MP3 music collection stored on a computer at home or copy-and-paste between your local and remote computers. The Chrome Remote Desktop add on for Google Chrome can be found on the Chrome Web Store.

According to the Chrome Web Store Page, Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. 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.

Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (Vista and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks.

Earlier this month, Google had launched an 11.6-inch Chromebook along with Samsung. As per a post on Google’s official blog, Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome & Apps stated that many people use the Chromebook today as the additional computer for their home. For families, it becomes easy to use and share, with the ability of having kids doing their homework on the couch, parents catching up on emails in the kitchen counter and grandparents staying connected by using the video chat. He states that there is no need to worry about security updates and maintenance is easy. All one needs to do is charge the battery to get it up and running.

Commenting on the weight of the device, Pichai stated, “It’s one of the lightest laptops on the market. You can easily carry it around all day — it’s 2.5 pounds, a mere 0.8 inches thick, with more than 6 hours of battery life for the typical user.”

Pichai has also spoken about the other features of the Chromebook and he said that even though it features a compact design, it still features good performances and has the ability to boot up within 10 seconds and resumes instantly as well. Pichai stated, “And as you‘d expect from a Chromebook, it’s easy to share with others. Everyone—mom, dad, grandparents, tech lovers, tech haters—can have separate accounts where all of their stuff is kept safe. Finally, if you’re an active Google user of products like Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps, YouTube, Play or Google+ Hangouts, everything just works seamlessly.”

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