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Collaborate via Screen Share

Wed, June 01, 2016 1:29 PM | Ranelle Maltas (Administrator)

Back in October of 2010, I wrote a blog post, "Screen sharing to Learn at a Distance." In it, I shared some nice options including Adobe's Connect Now, join.me, and Mikogo. Adobe's Connect Now is no longer available, only their Adobe Connect. It's only available as a paid service.

Since this article was six years ago, it's ancient in computer time. I thought I'd update you on some more options. Obviously, since join.me and Mikogo are still around, they are great options. Not a lot has changed and they are easy to use. I did find BeamYourScreen, which has been merged into Mikogo, so you'll have to go there for the paid pricing options. Otherwise, there is a simple download for Mac, PC, and Linux that appears to still be available and in use.

From personal experience, I've used Blue Jeans, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and WebEx in the past few years and have found their ease of use and quality to be outstanding.

Zoom's free plan lets you have unlimited meetings with up to 50 participants. What's the catch? Each meeting can only last 40 minutes. If you can't wrap it up in time, you'll be cut off. You can check out their pricing plans for more options. Zoom also has the ability to screen share from an iPhone/iPad. Cool! Participants can participate in a variety of ways besides in a web browser such as The Meetings Client for Mac/PC, a Browser Extension, Outlook Plug-in, iPhone/iPad App, or Android App.

Blue Jeans has an extensive list of services for their plans, too many for me to list, so check it out. You can try it free for 14 days. Participants can participate in a variety of ways besides in a web browser such as with an app for Mac/PC, a Chrome browser extension, Outlook Plug-in, iPhone/iPad App, or Android App.

You may have already used Skype for personal communication, but you can also use it for a screen sharing tool as well. You can also send files or share your screen with one or more people. If you use Microsoft Office 365, you should also have Skype for Business which integrates well with Outlook.

Another popular service is GoToMeeting Free. It has web-based audio, screen sharing, and an Outlook and Gmail scheduling plug-in. The free service allows unlimited meetings for up to three participants. For more options, check out their pricing plans.

WebEx's instant meeting is free, provides for unlimited meetings for up to three participants per meeting, and the sharing of desktop and documents. Of course, there are a variety of pricing plans that will offer more, but you do get the premium options for the first 14 days.

Although I have not used Screenhero, I really like what I see here and may give this a try myself. If you use Slack (a great messaging app for teams), you may want to consider Screenhero. It has multiple cursors to allow users to easily change control, voice chat, screen sharing, and cross-platform for Mac and PC.

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