Those beautiful, potentially-evil geniuses over at Google have done it again, this time with an app that accomplishes something that’s been very possible for a while, albeit not as easily; they have invented an application enabling one computer to access and use another, entirely through their Chrome browser.
Chrome Remote Desktop, currently in Beta (and downloadable for free via Google’s Chrome App Store), uses the company’s proprietary browser to allow access to another computer remotely. Not just the browser; the entire computer. It’s something IT folks at companies have been able to do through Windows for ages, sure, but this is the first, easy-to-use, consumer-level application for that same purpose:
The system is designed to work cross-platform on Mac, PC, and Linux, which is a pretty strong mark in the app’s favor. It also works in the Chrome OS, which is likely the focus of the app in the long run.
No pesky configuration required, short of a numeric access code randomly generated by the computer being accessed. It’s perfect for accessing your home computer through your netbook while on vacation, or finding the correct version of a column when you brought the wrong computer to the bus you drive during the day and your editor-in-chief has threatened you with death if you were late one more time.