Users of Google Hangouts were introduced to a potentially useful new feature on Wednesday: Remote desktop sharing.
In addition to video chatting with a group of people, users of Google’s chat software on Google Plus will now be able to remotely take control of another user’s computer, assuming the latter grants permission for the former to do so.
The announcement of the new feature was made on Google Plus, and reported elsewhere on The Verge, which noted that the technology powering remote desktop sharing on Google Hangouts was the same as Chrome Remote Desktop, but brought in the added feature of allowing video chat side-by-side with the desktop sharing experience.
“Hangouts Remote Desktop lets you help others by controlling their computer remotely (with their permission, of course),” wrote Daniel Caiafa on his Google Plus page about the Google Plus update. “Because you’re both in a Hangout, you can talk with and see each other during the session.”
Users commenting on Google Plus about the functionality of the software seemed generally positive Wednesday evening, with the only major complaints coming in the form of problems with multiple displays being shared.