The ability to share your screen with a remote team member is an essential piece of the remote collaboration toolkit. When it comes to screensharing software, there is a dazzling, sometimes baffling array of options. Here are a few I know of.
- Skype has built-in screensharing. It is currently display-only, but it works across all platforms. They appear to be using the same video compression technology for it as they do for their video chat, which means that while the picture can be a bit blurry, it copes well with temporary network slowdowns.
- Good old VNC is still one of the most robust and cross-platform solutions for sharing desktop control. There are multiple VNC clients and servers for every OS, both free and paid.
- DimDim, Yugma, YuuGuu are all launchable from the web, all have names that sound like baby-talk, work across platforms, and feature various added functionality such as file sharing and whiteboards.
- FuzeMeeting and Adobe Connect are both online meeting tools which feature screensharing along with video chat and many other features.
- LogMeIn works on Macs and PCs. I’ve heard good things about its performance.
- TeamViewer has a desktop client that boasts impressive cross-platform support (including excellent Linux support, something that is lacking in many other offerings). I’ve been testing it out lately and it is exceptionally speedy compared to some other tools I’ve used.
- Mikogo supports sharing for up to ten people on macs and PCs.
- For Mac-only teams, iChat comes with built-in screensharing as well.
What screensharing software have you used? What is your team using now? What do you like or dislike about it?
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