Top Screen Sharing Applications

Free and paid tools for meetings and remote support

Telephone conferences, though still common around the world, lack the advanced collaboration and interactive features of web conferencing. However, even if you don't have access to a web conferencing tool, you can still benefit from one of its most important features -- the ability to share your computer screen with your teleconference participants, as long as they all have Internet access. Here are a few of the top screen sharing applications, which will let you share your desktop with others for either remote support or meeting purposes.



1. BeamYourScreen - When meeting organizers sign up for this service, they will get a nine digit session ID, which they can then share with teleconference participants. It is completely browser-based, so there are no downloads necessary. It allows for up to 25 people to share and view their desktops, and also to grant remote control rights to each other. It is also possible to record the desktop sharing session, useful if users need to go back and see changes made to a document or presentation.

2. ScreenStream - This is a basic application as all it does is allow others to see your desktop but has no remote control or recording capabilities. While the person who wishes to share their screen will need to download an application, those viewing the screen do not need to download anything. Images are viewed from a regular web browser and it works with PC, Mac, and Linux. The major advantage of this software is that there is no limit to the number of people you can share your screen with - limits are determined by bandwidth alone.



3. SharedView - This is a free application, made by Microsoft (and works only on Windows). To use it, users just have to download the application and log in with their Windows Live ID. Users can then share their screen with up to 15 people. One thing I like about this application is that it generates an e-mail invitation that can be sent to the participants including sign-in details and the time of the screen sharing session.

This means that it's possible to set-up a screen sharing session in advance. Users can also approve the participation of each attendee, for maximum security. The one downside is that it's only possible to share your screen with those who have already downloaded the program.

4. Glance - Screen sharing for up to 100 people at a time. It works on both PC and Mac and lets users pick their own URL. This application can also be fully customized to look like a company's website. It lets users share their keyboard and mouse, so it's great for online collaboration. But what really sets this tool apart, is that it works well even with video, and those viewing the host's screen will experience no delays whatsoever. However, this tool is not for every pocket - each subscription costs $499 per year, or $49.95 monthly, making it the most expensive application on this list.