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Google Now arrives on Windows and Mac

25 Mar 14

After what seems like an eternity, Google Now has finally arrived on desktop PC's.

The internet search giant has revealed that Google Now is being pushed to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac “starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.”

This means Google Now notifications will be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users - according to the next web.

In order to turn the feature on, you'll need to sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you’re using for Google Now on your mobile device. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently.

Your 'cards' will only be visible on your computer if you use Google Now on your mobile device and if you’re signed into Chrome. The ones you will see include weather, sports scores, traffic information  and event reminders. Some cards may be based on the location of your mobile device but others should work independently of your physical location.

If you want to be signed into Chrome but want to avoid using Google Now, you can turn it off by using the following steps:

1. Click the bell icon in the lower right corner of your computer screen (on Windows) or the upper right of your computer screen (on Mac) to open the Notifications Centre.

2. In the Notifications Centre, click the gear icon on the bottom right corner (on Windows) or the upper right corner (on Mac).

3. Uncheck the box next to “Google Now.”

Google has worked behind the scenes for the last 12 months to bring Google Now to desktops. Developers first revealed this when they noticed changes in Chromium's Code in 2012.

The feature entered Beta testing in February this year and not it is ready for all Chrome users.

Would you use Google Now for desktop? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below

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