4 Free Screen Sharing Applications


What is screen sharing? Screen sharing, or desktop sharing, is the ability to allow remote access to your computer in real-time, via an internet connection. This is accomplished using screen sharing software. Through the use of screen sharing applications, you can collaborate with your team and share data, without needing to be in the same room. You can show digital presentations, provide technical support, train your staff, and provide software tutorials and demos from the comfort of your own computer. We get asked the question about screen sharing applications a lot, as many webinar hosts start to consider them instead of a higher paid webinar software. There are many screen sharing applications available -- the options are almost endless -- and we have covered 4 below (Join.me, Skype, TeamViewer, Mikogo). Join.meJoin.me, developed by LogMeIn, is a free, very simple screen sharing application that allows you to share your screen with up to 250 viewers. The best part of Join.me is that you don't need an account to use it -- just go to the website, and you are sharing in a minute! Join.me is overall an excellent tool for screen sharing because of the options available to the user:
  • Send files to viewers
  • Give viewers control of your desktop
  • Use chat functionality
  • Use their conference call-in number
Join.me also offers a paid “pro” option with even more features such as: a meeting scheduler, user management, international conference call lines and more. Sharing your screen with Join.me is easy. Visit the website and click on the orange “share” button. A code will be provided to you to share with your viewers. A screenshot of the screen sharing feature on Skype.Most people have heard of Skype as a chat and phone application, but most don't know it's also a screen sharing application.  The great part is that it's easy to use, but the major drawback is that you can only share your screen with 1 person at a time.  And, both people obviously need to have a Skype account. To share your screen on Skype, start by making a call and then click on the “share” button in the call window. TeamViewer is an all-in-one solution for accessing computers or servers via the internet. It's a feature-rich solution for those seeking to provide remote maintenance, digital presentations, and online training to others. TeamViewer is an all-inclusive, standalone package with no monthly service contracts or additional fees. Another option is Mikogo.  According to their website, Mikogo "is an easy-to-use cross-platform desktop sharing tool, ideal for web conferencing, online meetings or remote support".  It's very similar to Join.me... basically in 1 click, you can share your screen, but you can only share with up to 10 people.  It does have some additional features in their free version, such as scheduling and switching presenters, which make it more attractive versus Join.me.

In addition to the 4 we covered, other free screen sharing applications include: CrossLoop, ShowMyPC, Free Screen Sharing and ScreenStream.

Have you used screen sharing applications? How has screen sharing made your life easier?  Do you have a favorite free application that we haven't covered?
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