As more and more people work in remote teams sprinkled all over the world it is becoming ever more important that they have easy access to tools which will let them see each other's work, help each other out in times of need and generally act as though they were all sitting together in the same physical office.
The old fashioned way of sending numerous emails with big attachments various times a day is coming under threat from new applications which promise to let us share information and work a lot easier and without all the hassle of worrying about files sizes and such like.
The TeamViewer program lets you share screens with another user and also transfer files between the two of you. While we have been speaking so far about business use it is worth pointing out that helping out a distant relative who has a problem understanding their new PC or finding an easier way to show your big picture collection to a far away friend are also very feasible options with this application.
After logging in you will have your access code and password set. It is by giving these out to other people that you can allow them to share your computer, and you should first set the level of access you want each user to have. You can choose from remote support, VPN, presentation or file transfer depending upon the reason for giving that person access. Restarting a connection with someone you previously shared with is easy, as the TeamViewer application remembers who has been given access in the past.
Once you are connected with someone you can switch control between the two users; meaning that one person can do their part of the work and then pass the control over to someone else. A useful toolbar drops down in the middle of your screen and lets you choose all the options which might be of interest of you. The Actions feature lets you do more advanced things such as reboot the remote PC, disable the remote input and the feature which is mentioned above about switching control over from one person to another.
Another idea which will be interest to a lot of users is the conferencing facility which this program offers, with VoIP audio and video options easily accessed. All in all, this is an indispensable program for home workers who feel a bit detached from their team and who want to find a better way to stay in touch with them. For personal use the need probably isn't so pressing but it could still be a good idea for some people who live far from family and friends and want to maintain a different kind of contact with them from that offered by emails and Skype.
TeamViewer System Requirements
TeamViewer Operating Systems
WWindows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT