Last Friday, Google released the first beta of a new extension to their browser Google Chrome. Chrome Remote Desktop Beta is a browser-based version of the remote administration programs that are already available for various platforms. These programs are generally used by IT managers to manage computers in businesses or by you and me to make it easier to help friends with computer problems.

The interesting thing with Chrome Remote Desktop Beta is that it works across platforms. It allows you to connect two computers regardless of whether they are running Windows, Linux, Mac OS or Chromebooks, as long as they are using the Google Chrome browser.

The current version of extention is somewhat limited, and you have to accept the connection by sending a code to the person that asks to remotely manage your computer. This code can not be used again.

Google has also developed the protocol used to establish the connection between the computers, which should be fully encrypted and secure.