Chrome Remote Desktop: Google’s Alternative for TeamViewer
For us, TeamViewer has always been the weapon of choice whenever we needed to solve distant problems, be them big or small. Although there are lots of programs that can offer remote access with ease, even the one included by Windows 7 itself, we have searched for those that are user friendly and that can get the job done in a few minutes. Well, Google thought of a title suitable for this list and recently, the first stable version of the Chrome Remote Desktop software has been released.
In a few words, this tool developed by Google itself is perfectly compatible with Chrome browsers and computers that run on Chrome OS. As long as the platform comes with the browser installed, the Remote Desktop tool will work. Although all operating systems have been deemed compatible, some features are only enabled for newer versions. Speaking of features, here’s what Google offers:
How Chrome Remote Desktop works
When the Chrome browser is present on a station running any version of Windows, Mac and Linux, the Remote Desktop tool will offer assistance capabilities, while the privileges of full-desktop control will be given only to those with Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.6, or above. The wonderful thing is that no 3rd party applications must be installed, aside the Chrome extension itself, to enjoy such level of control. Now here’s how to use it:
- Register a free Google account here, in case you have none.
- Sign in the account and download the Google Chrome browser, on any computer that you want to use the remote tool.
- On the same stations, install the Remote Desktop application and be sure to give it the rights requested.
- Start the software and choose “Remote Assistance” for limited tech support or “My Computers” for full-desktop access.
- Follow the on-screen guidance until the remote connection is established, and then take advantage of the host computer.