May 2nd, 2013

google plus hangouts remote desktop

Tired of driving 45 minutes up the road to help your in-laws fix their computers? You’ve probably already found a remote desktop solution to use for handling tasks that don’t require your physical presence, but Google is introducing a very compelling one as part of the Google+ Hangouts experience. You’ll now be able to control someone else’s desktop (with permission, of course) while simultaneously video chatting with whoever you’re helping.

It’s the face-to-face tech support you never thought you needed. Well… you probably still don’t need to see each other in order to help each other out, but it’s still cool regardless. The news was broken by Daniel Caiafa, who has confirmed that the tool is using the same technology as the Chrome Remote Desktop tool.

You’ll want to click View More Apps > Add Apps > Hangouts Remote Desktop within a hangout in order to get started. Give it a try and see if a free, lightweight and more social remote desktop tool is something that could add to your day-to-day dealings.

[via Google+]

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