Google+ Hangout Gets Remote Desktop Feature Similar To Chrome

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Last year Google launched Chrome Remote Desktop which allowed users to access other computers or securely over the Internet, through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. The new feature received a lot of appreciation from users around the world. Now Google has announced that it has brought the Remote Desktop feature to Google+ hangouts. This sure does make things a lot easier as the Google Chrome version required users to instal a browser plugin and deal with authorization codes.

Google+ Hangout Gets Remote Desktop Feature Similar To Chrome

Now all a user has to do is log on to Google+ and approve a hangout request and the other user will be able to control the computer remotely.

How To Use Remote Desktop

First thing you got to do is add the Remote Desktop App to Hangouts: Click on the 'View more apps' option on the left hand corner of Hangout window. As the column pops up, click on the '+ Add apps' and select 'Remote Desktop' to install it.

Once the app is installed, follow the on-screen instructions to offer your friend some remote assistance. All your friend has to do now is accept the help request and you will be able to gain control of his system.

The news of the application came when Google's Daniel Caiafa in a Google+ post said "For those of you who play tech support for friends and family, there's now a Hangouts app to make things easier -- powered by the same technology behind Chrome Remote Desktop.

Hangouts Remote Desktop lets you help others by controlling their computer remotely (with their permission, of course). And because you're both in a Hangout, you can talk with and see each other during the session.

To get started, just start a Hangout and click View More Apps > Add Apps > Hangouts Remote Desktop.

Gizbot did check out this feature and found that the support window could not be maximized to full screen, making it hard to see things. The size of the window is limited to the size of Hangout video display, which is pretty small. Hopefully Google will bring some changes soon through updates.

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