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Google Chrome desktop sharing tool moves out of beta

Google has announced that its desktop sharing tool, Chrome Remote Desktop, has moved out of beta.

Chrome Remote Desktop lets you remotely access other computers, or allow another user to access your computer securely over the Internet. The Web giant first launched a test version of the tool last year.

As part of the transition out of beta, Google has also added some additional features to Chrome Remote Desktop, like a realtime audio feed on Windows. This feature lets you listen to MP3s stored on your home computer while you're away. The latest version also lets you copy and paste between your local and remote computers.

"From adjusting printer settings on your mom's computer to finding a lost file on your dad's laptop, Chrome Remote Desktop has made you the family hero by helping you remotely access other computers - including your own - via Chrome," Google product manager Stephen Konig wrote in a blog post.

To use Chrome Remote Desktop, you'll need to install an extension, which is available from Google's Chrome Web Store. From there, you'll be able to access another person's computer for, say, ad-hoc support purposes, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your own apps and files. The tool works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Google said that Chrome Remote Desktop is a nice companion to its new Samsung Chromebook, "allowing you to remote into your PC or Mac at home while you bring your portable and easy-to use Chromebook with you on the go." The ARM-based Chromebook, which is available now for £229, includes an 11.6in, 1,366 x 768 pixel display as well as built-in dual band Wi-Fi.

The web giant promised to add even more features to Chrome Remote Desktop in the future.