Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop is a tool that lets you remotely login to nearly any computer running a Chrome web browser. You can see and control the remote desktop on your screen, which comes in handy if you’re helping someone troubleshoot problems over the internet, or if you need to access files you left on your work computer while you’re away from the office.

Up until now Chrome Remote Desktop was basically a browser plugin available from the Chrome Web Store. Soon it’ll be available as a Chrome Packaged app, which means you’ll launch it from within the browser, but it’ll act more like a standalone, native app.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Google’s François Beaufort notes that the Chrome team is working on a new packaged app version of the software, and an experimental build is already available for download.

To install it, you’ll need to download and unzip the app to a folder, enable support for experimental extensions in chrome://flags, check the “developer mode” box in chrome://extensions, and choose the “load unpacked extension” option and navigate to the folder where you unzipped the app.

Once that’s done, you can launch the Chromoting app from the Chrome start screen and it’ll pop up in a new window, asking if you’d access one of your computers or provide remote assistance using a login code.

The app should work on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS devices.

via Chrome Story

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5 replies on “Google is turning Chrome Remote Desktop into a packaged app (native app)”

  1. I have just tested this and I have to say very quick! I would also like to see secure file transfer options included, there are times when you may need access to a file on your own system (I still am un-convinced on cloud so I still retain my own important documentation on my own system & backups.)

  2. this is great news, but i’m sad to see there is still no remote desktop connection INBOUND to linux. i’ve been waiting for this for a long while.

  3. “Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop is a tool that lets you remotely login to any computer running Chrome OS or a Chrome web browser.”

    Not true. You can log in from a Chrome OS device but not to a Chrome OS device. There are still some thorny problems to be worked out to maintain Chrome OS’s virtually absolute security while allowing access by a remote user.

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