Each machine needs to be running Chrome, as well as the web app, but that’s it. No additional software to install and manage.
This is huge for IT, support, and development because it provides a relatively simple solution to major problems. I can also see tons of other functional areas adopting this for ad hoc meetings and collaboration.
This is also a big plus for Chromebooks too, which don’t allow external software to install.
I just test-drove this, and it wasn’t without hiccups. The app crashed on the destination machine when I tried to connect, so I had to restart Chrome on that instance to get it working. After that, it worked flawlessly. I connected from Mac to Ubuntu and had access to the entire desktop, including all the open workspaces.
Interestingly, I couldn’t connect when one machine was on VPN, which makes sense, but when I connected first, then started VPN remotely, the connection persisted. I doubt this is ideal behavior from an IS perspective, just reporting the behavior.
If you’re like me, this is a huge win for family tech support too. I’ve been using Team Viewer since my parents went Mac years ago, and this looks like it could be a replacement.
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