Thursday, September 03, 2009

Microsoft SharedView

Need to share your desktop with other people? Need it to work across FireWalls, etc?

I just tried Microsoft’s SharedView.

Here are my thoughts:

  • Its extremely easy to use.
  • You dont have to worry about firewalls and all. SharedView does its thing and you automagically begin sharing your desktop with others.
  • It is more like a GoToMeeting app, where you host a session and then provide others the session name and password that they then use to log in to your session.
  • SharedView uses your Microsoft Live ID – I like this very much! (dont have to remember the details of yet another account)
  • Allows you to share your entire desktop or just a specific application – this is cool too and I havent seen this feature in other applications
  • Allows other users to point at stuff on your computer – again very cool when you want to do collaborative work.
  • You can give others control of your desktop or just the application – again a nice feature.
  • Its not the fastest screen sharing application. You can see a lag time when the other person’s mouse is moving.
  • Its FREE!

A quick note:

If you want to use ZoomIt – then you need to share the entire desktop – not just a single application window.

You can detach the chat window – very nice if you use dual screens.

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