Remote desktop sharing applications are the ones which sometimes save the day of a developer (specially the freelancers) or anyone who works with computers.

  • Working as a distributed team and need desktop collaboration?
  • Supporting a remote web application that you had built?
  • Need to manage the work computer from home?

There are great free remote desktop applications which helps to build this remote connection.

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I have collected the best ones I know & experienced. Here they are:

LogMeIn

Free version works like a charm, you can manage multiple remote computers. This is a web-based application and you only have to install clients to the PCs to be managed. Downside of the free version is you can not transfer files.

LogMeIn Remote Desktop

 

TeamViewer

Teamviewer - Control Remote Computers

TeamViewer is a software and both PCs need to install applications. You can control remote PCs (unlimited) with the free version. You can transfer files, chat, establish a VPN connection & more.

 

Yuuguu

Yuuguu Remote Desktop Management

This is a very different one. Besides controlling remote computers, Yuuguu enables a team of up to 30 people to share their desktops and chat.

 

DimDim

DimDim Web Conferencing

Dimdim is a free web conferencing service where you can share your desktop, show slides, collaborate, chat, talk and broadcast via webcam with absolutely no download required for attendees. It also has an opensource version.

 

Mikogo

Mikogo Screen Sharing Tool

With Mikogo, users can host smooth-running screen sharing sessions and invite up to 10 participants simultaneously to any one Mikogo meeting. It is genuine freeware with no costs and there are no installations on the participants’ side (thanks Andrew for the suggestion).

 

TightVNC

TightVNC is a very famous open source remote desktop management application. It is lightweight and has versions for both Windows and Unix.

 

Conclusion

All the applications are very easy to use and has lots of users. Except TightVNC, all of them are firewall friendly, which will probably not cause any problems while connecting. But only TightVNC is a standalone product that does not require any registration or depend on any web-based service (and DimDim opensource).

If there are any other free remote desktop sharing solutions that you know, please share them to make the list better.

 

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