Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop is Google's official remote desktop program for its proprietary browser. It allows any computer that uses Chrome as a browser to become a host. The host can then be connected to the client at any time. The user does not need to be logged in with Google to connect. It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.
- Remote pairing of a client and a host computer
- Unattended access
- Functions as a Chrome extension
- Installs and runs in the background
- Free to download and use
- Host user does not need to be logged in to Chrome for access
- Installs in a matter of minutes
- Can be used on most operating systems
- Ongoing updates
- Only works with the Chrome browser
- Keyboard shortcuts are not available
- Cannot print remotely
It can sometimes be useful to connect to a remote desktop. The Chrome Remote Desktop pairs a client and a host together for remote access. This allows individuals to provide support to others who may be experiencing issues with their system. This software runs from the browser. The advantage of this is that Chrome Remote Desktop is compatible with almost every operating system. This software functions as an advanced screen sharing system. This does create a downside. It is not possible to share files, and there is no way for users of the client and the host to chat. That can make providing support somewhat difficult. Both the client and the host need to have Chrome installed. The host user does not need to be logged in to gain access to the client. All that is needed is the password for the client's system. The remote desktop offers a full-screen mode and can use multiple monitors. Because the software is developed and maintained by Google, regular updates are available. So far, Google has done a good job keeping the program up to speed. It is reasonable to expect that future updates will increase the functionality of the program. It is hard to beat free, and the Chrome Remote Desktop doesn't cost anything. The old saying about getting what you pay for applies in this case. Those who depend upon remote access to provide support might find that this application is a little light on the feature end.