Ok, I admin that I’m a hard customer to make happy. I’ve been looking for a good and cost effective solution for remote desktop sharing ever since the idea of mobile computing was popularized. I’ve been through a large number of application in the Apple App Store looking for the easiest and most reliable way to remote connect to my computer from my iPhone and iPad. There are several really good ones but there are two issues I often run into.
The first issue is cost. Splashtop is a great example of this. Splashtop is a great application and I’ve had a good experience but it is hard to recommend to a lot of people because they now charge $9.99 per year. That isn’t an unreasonable amount of money but it is more than nothing and I generally believe there is a no cost solution for everything.
The second common issue is that most of the application in the App Store are designed to connect you to a desktop machine from your Apple mobile device. That is all good expect that I have multiple desktop machines and would also like to connect from desktop to desktop. I am looking for an application that will allow both of these so that I don’t have to install and pay for two different sets of remote desktop software.
Meet TeamViewer. TeamViewer is my latest go to application that, so far, is meeting all my expectations. TeamViewer is free for non-commercial use. It is functional both as a desktop to desktop solution as well as a mobile to desktop sharing solution. The interface is clean and simple to use and I’ve never had a failed connection (after 4 weeks).
As an added benefit, TeamViewer is (as the name implies) really designed to help you connect with machines of co-workers or clients so that you can work together in a screen sharing environment. I haven’t used it so much in that capacity so far but its good to know how easy it is to use.
How about you? What are your favorite applications for remote desktop sharing?