Google says Chrome is helping ease the transition to hybrid working

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As organizations prepare to make the transition from solely working from home (opens in new tab) to hybrid working (opens in new tab), Google has highlighted how its Chrome (opens in new tab) browser is purpose-built for flexible work.

In a new blog post (opens in new tab), Chrome Group Product Manager RK Popkin explained how having a modern browser (opens in new tab) will be essential to the success of organizations' hybrid working strategies, saying:

“As our organization, and other organizations of all sizes, transition to a more hybrid way of working, it’s absolutely key to have a modern browser that’s built to support both admins and end users. The good news is, Chrome is made for this! Literally. It’s purpose-built for flexible work—and as the future unfolds and businesses’ needs continue to evolve, we’re committed to making sure our browser is even easier to manage, even more secure, and even more helpful, so all of us can be more productive.”

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Going forward, the search giant plans to build Chrome to be a stronger asset for the enterprise by focusing on simpler management, modernized security, productivity and helpful integrations.

Chrome deployments and management

Recent releases have made it much easier for admins to track Chrome deployments and this also includes the apps and Chrome extensions (opens in new tab) used across their organizations. 

For instance, Google's new daily version report allows IT teams to see all versions (including minor versions) in a single report to support compliance make it easier for them to manage their entire deployment. At the same time, a new Apps & Usage report provides helpful visibility into all installed extensions, Progressive Web Apps (PWAs (opens in new tab)), Chrome apps and Android apps. The report even allows admins to force install or block individual apps as well as see their versions and permissions.

Another recent feature in Chrome that was created based on customer requests allows admins and even service desk (opens in new tab) employees to clear an end user's browsing data, cookies and cache remotely to help with troubleshooting.

Later this summer Google plans to launch new extension management improvements that will change how the Chrome Web Store (opens in new tab) behaves so that end users can request extensions and admins can then approve or deny these installations from a centralized list in the Admin Console. Another new release is extension details which allows admins to find out exactly what extensions are installed where, who makes them, what resources they're using and other additional details right from the Admin Console (opens in new tab).

As more of our work is done from a browser than ever before, giving admins the tools to manage Chrome deployments and apps will likely help keep both end users and their organizations secure when adopting a hybrid working strategy.

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.