Chrome Remote Desktop

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Chrome Remote Desktop
Developer(s)Google, Inc.
Initial releaseOctober 8, 2011 (2011-10-08)[1]
Stable release
70.0.3538.21 / October 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)
Operating systemChrome OS, Linux (beta), OS X, iOS, Windows, Android
TypeRemote desktop software

Chrome Remote Desktop is a remote desktop software tool developed by Google that allows a user to remotely control another computer through a proprietary protocol developed by Google unofficially called "Chromoting". It transmits the keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back in the other direction, over a network.

Chrome Remote Desktop requires the use of Google Chrome, along with the installation of an extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Remote Desktop supports both a remote assistance mode, allowing a user to control another person's computer (typically to diagnose or troubleshoot a problem) as well as a remote desktop mode where a user can connect to another one of his or her own machines remotely.[2] While remote assistance login via PIN passwords is available for terminals running Windows, Mac, iOS, Android[3] or Linux operating systems, the remote desktop functionality is supported for Windows, Mac[2] and Linux operating systems with Linux support in beta.[4] It uses VP8 video to display the remote computer's desktop to the user.[5] Under Windows, it supports copy-paste and real-time audio feed as well, but lacks an option to disable sharing and transmission of the audio stream. The software is also limited to 100 clients. Attempting to add further PCs after reaching 100 will result in a `failed to register computer` error.[6]

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  1. ^ "Chrome Remote Desktop". Google Operating System (Unofficial Google Blog).
  2. ^ a b "Chrome Remote Desktop". Chrome Web Store.
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  4. ^ "Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)!". 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  5. ^ "Next step in the Chrome OS journey". Official Google Blog.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ "Controlling your computer from afar". Google Chrome Blog.