Google says Chrome is making it easier to transition to hybrid working

As companies prepare to transition from remote to hybrid working, Google has emphasized that its Chrome browser is specifically designed for flexible working.

In a new blog post, Chrome Group Product Manager RK Popkin discusses how a modern browser will be critical to the success of enterprise hybrid work strategies.

As our organization, and other organizations of all sizes, transition to a more hybrid way of working, having a modern browser designed to support both admins and end users is absolutely essential. The good news is that Chrome is made for that! Literally. It was built for flexible working, and as the future unfolds and business needs continue to evolve, we’re committed to making our browser even more manageable, more secure, and even more useful, so we can all be more productive.

In the future, the search giant plans to make Chrome a stronger asset to the business by focusing on easier management, modernized security, productivity, and useful integrations.

Recent releases have made it much easier for admins to track Chrome deployments, including Chrome apps and extensions used in their organizations.

For example, Google’s new Daily Release Report allows IT teams to see all releases (including minor releases) in a single report to help drive compliance and make it easier to manage their entire deployment. Meanwhile, a new Apps & Usage report provides useful visibility into all installed extensions, Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), Chrome apps, and Android apps. This report even allows admins to force install or block certain apps, as well as see their versions and permissions.

Another recent Chrome feature, created at the request of customers, allows administrators and even help desk employees to remotely wipe an end user’s browsing data, cookies, and cache to make it easier to repair.

Tools for administrators

Later this summer, Google plans to launch new enhancements to extension handling which will change the behavior of the Chrome Web Store so that end users can request extensions and admins can then approve or deny those installs from a centralized list in the Admin console. Also new is the extension detail, which allows administrators to know exactly which extensions are installed, where, who creates them, what resources they use and other additional details, directly from the administration console.

As we increasingly work from a browser, giving admins the tools to manage Chrome deployments and apps should help keep end users and their organizations safer when adoption of a hybrid working strategy.

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