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Summary:

If you’re a web worker who needs to share desktops with others, or get remote access to PCs or Macs while you’re on the move, try TeamViewer, which has just come out in a new version 4. If you’re a Windows user who has someone else […]

If you’re a web worker who needs to share desktops with others, or get remote access to PCs or Macs while you’re on the move, try TeamViewer, which has just come out in a new version 4. If you’re a Windows user who has someone else to connect with, you can actually try Teamviewer in about 60 seconds. There is a “Start Full Version” button on the home page which will do a very rapid installation, and then you’re ready to collaborate.

In order to initiate a session with a remote user, you share ID numbers. Your team members are called partners in the application, and you can keep a partner list, similar to keeping an instant messaging buddy list. Remote computers can be your partners as well.

The big new feature in TeamViewer is browser-based access for making remote connections. This works in such a way that PCs and Macs can share desktops. You can access your Mac via a remote PC, do file transfers, and vice-versa. All sessions are protected by 256-bit AES encryption, so your information stays secure.

This application is slick, extremely easy to get started with, and has a grown-up interface with appeal. There is one caveat, though: It’s completely free to use TeamViewer for non-commercial purposes, but business licenses cost $250 per 6-month period. That works out to a little over $40 a month for business use, which may be tolerable if you like the application. For both remote control and desktop sharing, though, there are a number of completely free applications.

In any case, these kinds of tools can become very useful very fast, so TeamViewer is worth a look. It’s definitely a snap to take it for a spin, and a no-brainer to start a session.

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By Samuel Dean
  1. Sounds interesting.
    Some of my work partners use a mac. Discussing design or programming would be a lot easier this way. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Yeah, even for a business in this economic environment why would I not use one of the many free options or Apple’s Remote Desktop or MS Remote Desktop Connection for mac and win? $500 a year for this is insane. Sorry!

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  3. Oh, and for Mac users, let’s not forget iChat! :-)

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  4. Jeffsters is right, there are a few other services which hardly get the mention but are still very good for simple remote access. We use Techinline (http://www.techinline.com) which is a fraction of the price and is just as simple for the remote client, since all he/she has to do is go to a webpage and get a number which you enter on your end. For a small business such as mine which cannot some of the other services, it’s the perfect solution

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  5. Now that is some real cool app.

    Sunita

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  6. [...] 18th, 2008 (4:00pm) Samuel Dean No Comments The other day I wrote about TeamViewer, which is a very quick-to-use and simple solution for online desktop sharing, including sharing [...]

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  7. Samuel,
    Although it’s quite a while ago you wrote this post I would like to thank you from our crew here in Germany. Meanwhile we have a strong community of 20 million users which is steadily growing day by day.

    We also added a lot of nice features to TeamViewer 4 which we release only a couple of weeks ago. You can read about the changes here: http://www.teamviewer.com/download/tv4.aspx

    For further information on TeamViewer please get back to me anytime at feedback(at)teamviewer.com.

    All the best,
    Constantin

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  8. I haven’t tried the software yet, so I could be wrong. But it appears to me that the advantage this software has over Hamachi+VNC (and similiar setups) is that there is no configuration to do. You can send this file to your grandmom, have her type in the ID number and away you go. Whereas, typical novice users would not be able to handle setting up Hamachi+VNC.

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  9. The six-month option seems to have disappeared from their website. No way I am going to pony up for the lifetime license.

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  10. $500 a year seems a bit too steep for me. Sounds like a great software but I am sure I will be able to find something similar at at least half the cost in the near future. Good luck.

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