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Chromecast has apparently received support for Google Drive presentations, something that should drastically change just how useful the product is for offices and schools. This feature was previously visible to only a limited number of users while Google worked out the kinks, but now it looks like it may be ready for primetime. The option is visible to us, along with plenty of you as well.

To cast a presentation, hit the Present button in the top right corner. If, and only if, you have the Chromecast extension installed, you should see the option to Present on another device. From here, you can select which device to cast to.

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As of now, this feature only works with Google Drive running on a desktop or laptop. There's no support within the Android app, though that doesn't mean we won't see it creep in somewhere down the line.

Thanks, Josh Decker.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

    Frankly, until you can password or PIN lock who can connect to Chromecast on Wifi, this isn't that useful. Otherwise someone can just connect to the same Wifi you're on and start casting something drastically different while you're trying to do a presentation.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      In my experience, there's not a presentation on Earth that couldn't be improved with something "drastically different."

    • JPB

      The simplest way to do that is to carry your own portable, passworded wifi router, and run from there. Coincidentally, that's also the way you can use Chromecast with hotel or dorm room wifi.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        I enjoy my Chromecast as much as the next guy but any solution that begins with "carry your own wifi router" isn't exactly something that can be accurately described as "simple."

      • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

        Except that would (presumably) require some sort of hardwire connection to the router, which not all conference rooms have. In order for Chromecast to take off for business and this kind of stuff it needs to have a PIN-lock as well as a way to be able to login to portal-protected WiFi if necessary.

        • Greg Smith

          Portal-Protected WiFi will be required for most Schools to be able to use it. It will need to be able to be "on-boarded" in most cases.
          Yes, I could only dream of the things that one of my students would display to my Chromecast if there is no PIN to access it.

    • Devin

      Rumor has it that Google is adding non-internet peer-to-peer mirroring to Chromecast this fall. In the meantime using a WiDi adapter like Push2TV with mobile apps like FocalCast (http://goo.gl/FO6TLe) allows you to do the same thing without an internet connection

  • Josh Phillips

    If this is possible with drive, what's to stop this from being done with other presentation software? I would kill for MS to enable this in PPT... Hell, I would love to see this in any office app. It would make collaborating in person so much easier if I could just cast Excel up on the closest TV.

    • jm9843

      You can't do that now with Office Online and the Google Cast extension?

    • FocalCast

      There is a new 3rd party wireless presentation app for native ppt files: http://goo.gl/FO6TLe

      Does exactly that & works with Chromecast or Miracast/WiDi

  • http://ausdroid.net/ Daniel Tyson
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      "This feature was previously visible to only a limited number of users while Google worked out the kinks, but now it looks like it may be ready for primetime."

      OK.

      • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

        I believe it was available to Google Apps users only? At least myself and 2 others I had asked last fall if they could do it with their apps domain and they all could. Of course we could have all randomly been selected too.

  • Timothy Ondrey

    "...drastically change just how useful the product is for offices and schools."

    Wrong, without the ability to authenticate to a network with WPA2 Enterprise, which is used by the vast majority of businesses and education institutions this is nothing but a cool feature that can be used at home and frankly my cat is tired of me giving presentations to it.

    Wake up Google, why does Glass and Chromecast lack this basic ability to authenticate with WPA2 Enterprise?

    Disclaimer: I love Google, Glass and Chromecast.

    • yodatom10

      I Can forgive them for glass is it still very much a WIP. But I agree chromecast absolutely needs to support WPA2 enterprise

  • kindrudekid

    This is something I really want, too bad it goes all full screen when casting.

    I want the ability to cast same slide on multiple chrome cast without full screen so I can cast a different slide show on other different chrome casts...

    my current setup of using a pc with itunes for airplay + apple tvs and HDMI splitter is too damn costly. plus I end up needing more pc and apple TV for displaying same content on a different area....

    • FocalCast

      Try FocalCast http://goo.gl/FO6TLe

      Only casts one ppt at a time but doen't go full screen on the mobile device. Works with Chromecast or Miracast/WiDi too

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Step in the right direction, now let us just cast the sucker from our phones so we don't have to carry the laptop around.

    • FocalCast

      Done! http://goo.gl/FO6TLe

      FocalCast is a new Android app that does exactly that. Works with Chromecast or Miracast/WiDi

  • Frawlz

    This is a game changer. There isn't a reason why every TV should not come with one of these in each office meeting room.

  • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

    What about Chromebooks - do they qualify as a laptop? I should test this with my wife's Chromebook.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Yes, they would. Really what they mean is it requires desktop Chrome.

  • Jim Turner

    Chromecast previously allowed you to cast a tab in Chrome. How is this any better than just casting a tab that contains the presentation?

    • 윤기 민

      That is what I thought. It seems same quality of resolution both action. I really don't get it unless Google plan to put chromecast function google drive in mobile.

  • RabidFanboi

    Okay, now let us cast a video conference call off of our phones (with IOS support)or desktop.

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