A picture’s worth a thousand words. While in many instances, the cliche still rings true, a picture could also could drastically cut the time you spend explaining tasks, processes, and issues, and information.
Today, versatile screen sharing tools often come included as part of communication and collaboration programs and software. In addition, myriad stand-alone screen sharing applications exist on the market, each capable of providing your team collaboration a needed boost. So where do you turn?
In this article, we’ll explore some of the top options on the market. We’ll also share some tips on how you can maximize your screen sharing sessions and, as a result, optimize team performance. More on that in a bit, though.
Screen sharing, also known as desktop sharing, is a process which consists of sharing a given computer screen; providing the other party remote access for instructional or collaborative purposes.
Screen sharing effectively allows the other party to see in real time everything that the first user sees, as well as what they’re doing.
Skype is no stranger to the field of instant messaging. Released in 2003, it’s been a household name ever since. But, the popular software also allows you to share your screen with friends, family, and/or coworkers. Access to the screen sharing feature used to require a subscription, but now Skype allows users on free accounts to share their screen. If you’re already a Skype user, why not take your communication to the next level with this useful feature?
By now, most people already have a google account – providing users access to various Google applications like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Google Hangouts. Hangouts is Google’s communication platform which includes messaging, video chat, and VoIP features. Importantly, when you start a Hangouts call, you have the option to choose a presenter and start a screen sharing session.
Splashtop’s screen sharing solution stands out by way of its IT-friendly design. Splashtop makes computer and server support an intuitive process – certain to be a hit among IT and support specialists. Free for personal use within the same network, Splashtop does require a paid subscription for business and support teams.
Join.me offers a variety of pricing tiers, but the free offering allows you to share your screen instantly. With the basic version, you get VoIP features and the ability to invite up to ten participants. You also get access to file transfer, sharing controls, and a mobile app. To access the mobile app, simply download the desktop version. Not only do you unlock access to the mobile app, but you get up to four whiteboards on the iPad app.
TeamViewer is free for personal use and works across a variety of platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Available in more than 30 languages, TeamViewer comes with loads of bells and whistles. In addition to screen sharing, you can share audio and video calls. Uniquely, though, if you don’t want to share your whole screen, TeamViewer allows you to share parts of your screen or specific programs. TeamViewer also supports file sharing, chat, and whiteboard functionalities.
Another free service, MingleView won’t hassle you to upgrade each time you launch the app. With Mingleview, you get unlimited meeting hosting and participants, as well as secure peer-to-peer connections without registration, complicated installation or firewall configuration. The only drawback is that the service only works on Windows, so if you’re a Mac user you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Brosix is an all-in-one enterprise communication and collaboration platform. In addition to text and group chat and voice and video on a private team network, Brosix provides a nifty screen sharing tool with multiple options. You can share your screen with a contact or let a contact view your screen. You can also grant a contact remote desktop access, essentially allowing them to operate your computer – ideal in instances where an IT or support team is operating remotely.
Though a paid service, the reasonably-priced platform offers industry-leading security protocols featuring peer-to-peer communication channels and AES 256-bit end-to-end encryption across all communications.
Regardless of the solution you settle on, leveraging the power of screen sharing will help you bring teams closer together, better engage them, and bring about:
Screen sharing can save you time and effort, allow you to get more done more quickly and clearly, and boost communication across teams, departments, industries, and even locations.
Just remember, while the above-mentioned uses and benefits are by no means exhaustive, they’re all for naught if you don’t: