Google Now available for Windows and Mac via Chrome browser

Google is rolling out Google Now to Window and Mac via the Chrome browser.

By Silky Malhotra Published Date
25 - Mar - 2014
| Last Updated
25 - Mar - 2014
Google Now available for Windows and Mac via Chrome browser

Google Now will now be for Windows and Mac via Chrome browser.  To use this feature, users can sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account they’re using for Google Now on Android or iOS.

Google Now works like Apple's Siri and can interpret natural language questions posed to it. It uses Google’s Knowledge Graph project to tie together the results of everything you do with Google products to provide more personalized result cards that can show you everything from the fastest route home to the results of your favorite sports team. Google determines the results based on your common searches, as well as any other data you’ve provided.

Google stated that they will be “rolling out over the next few weeks” and will rely on a user being signed into a Google account on their Chrome desktop that’s also been used for Google Now on Android or iOS.

Google Now on Chrome shows a subset of the Now cards on our mobile device, and uses device's location. Users can edit your location settings (Location Reporting and Location History) on their Android or iOS device at any time. Google also gives you an option to manage location settings for each device independently. You'll only see location based Google Now Cards on your desktop for devices that have Location Reporting turned on. If you aren't a fan of Google Now, you can always switch off the feature through the notifications center.

Google has consistently worked to integrate and improve its services. Recently, it  announced enhanced encryption technology to Gmail. The data encryption will affect more than 425 million users and provide them additional security from US Intelligence Agency NSA. Google stated that the move will keep data secure between users and Gmail servers, but also between Google's data centers. The internet giant says, "Every single email message you send or receive—100% of them—is encrypted while moving internally."

The move comes after US tech firms have been ramping up encryption since Snowden's revelations about the vast surveillance capabilities of NSA and other intelligence services. Internet giants Yahoo, Microsoft as well as Facebook have also encrypted there servers to limit the ability of third parties to read messages or emails.

Source: Chrome