Chrome Remote Desktop beta is a free extension for Google Chrome that lets you remotely control a computer through the Chrome browser or a Chromebook.
Using the technology code-named “chromoting” this software is especially useful if you have 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.
Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform, so you can connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks,” reads the description of the extension.
The extension at more than 17 MB, once installed ask to “grant extended access permissions” to your computer. It’s interesting that the extension uses Google Talk’s technology to send messages.
When you decide to share your computer, Remote Desktop generates a code you need to enter on a second computer.
The performance is pretty good, but it depends on your Internet connection and the computers you’re using. The extension is especially useful for businesses and it will make Chromebooks even more attractive for companies.
You can install the Chrome Remote Desktop Beta here.
Here are some screen of the extension: