Remote Desktop app lends a hand to Google+

Google extends Chrome Remote Desktop to Google+ Hangouts to support tech gurus as they help their less-tech savvy friends and relations.

Google+ Remote Desktop lets you control someone else's computer from afar -- with the person's permission, of course. Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

Google has ported Chrome's Remote Desktop app to Google+ Hangouts to simplify the life of the tech support guru, a Google developer said in a Google+ post on Wednesday.

The Hangouts Remote Desktop app lets you offer tech help to friends and family by controlling their computers from afar. Google engineer Daniel Caiafa said that one of the benefits of Hangout Remote Desktop is that it allows you to see and talk with the person you're helping during the remote desktop session because it's being hosted in Hangouts.

The app requires the permission of your friend or family member, of course. To use it, start a Hangout, click View More Apps and then Add Apps, and then select Hangouts Remote Desktop.

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