Productivity

How to Share Your Screen for Free Using Join.Me

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Have you ever wanted to share your screen with someone who wasn’t in the room with you? When this happened, what did you do? Did you use a fancy utility, or did you just shrug it off and not share anything because you didn’t know what to do?

Next time you need to share your screen, you won’t have to worry about this situation. That’s because the makers of LogMeIn (remote desktop access software) have created a new tool – Join.me, an easy to use, free app which makes screen sharing quick and easy.

Join.me is a screen sharing utility which follows the belief that sharing shouldn’t be hard. With this concept in mind, they have made their tool as simple as possible so that you can get right down to business, without having to figure out complicated software.

To begin using their app, go to http://join.me and download and install the free desktop app. They also have a free mobile app for both iPhone and Android phones.

Setup the app, and then click “share” to share your screen with others.

You will be given a nine digit code to share with participants. All they have to do is go to Join.me (either the website or the app), enter the code, and they can now see your screen.

While sharing, you have the ability to pause your screens to give participants a static view. You can also talk with participants via the included chat program or through internet calling.

The free features of Join.me are quite robust, and include the ability to share control of the screen, switch between multiple monitors, send

files, and use internet calling, amongst other features.

Additionally, you can pay for the service, which gives you additional features such as unified audio, presenter swap, meeting scheduler, user management, and more.

Don’t be left in the lurch next time you need to share something important with a remote employee or viewer. Instead, turn to this handy tool to get the job done quickly and easily.

What do you use for a screen sharing solution? Leave us a comment and let us know.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who delights in helping you enjoy new technology. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Are Tablet Computers a Viable Option for Work?

Using a Tablet for Work

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Tablet computers are a hot topic, and with good reason. Tablets, and touch screens, are revolutionizing how we interface with our computers and how we do business with clients.

But are tablet computers better suited for play, or are they a viable option for work too?

Android Tablets

When Android phones came on the scene, they made a big impression. So how do the Android tablets stack up?

As far as work productivity goes, the Android tablet is not a good fit, yet. It is basically like using a larger version of your Android phone. While the larger screen and keyboard is nice, you may find that you experience the same frustrations working on your Android tablet that you do when working on your Android phone.

Unfortunately, at this time the Android tablet is better suited for play. However, manufactures of Android products stay competitive, so don’t be surprised if they find a way to boost the work functionality of these types of tablets.

iPad

Apple users love their Apple products, and the iPad is no exception. Aside from being an entertainment device, the iPad has some great apps which help increase work productivity.

The Ipad is a viable work tablet option for some, depending on what you need to accomplish. Keep in mind, however, that most work networks are Windows based, so you may have issues switching between the two environments.

Windows Based Tablets

A Windows based tablet is probably your best bet when it comes to a tablet that allows you to both work and play, because of how easily it integrates with other Windows products.

However, the Windows based tablets are still catching up to all the fancy touch screen capabilities. While Microsoft focused on some of these features with Windows7, they have much better tablet support in Windows8.

Another drawback with the Windows tablets is price – they are comparable to the price of a laptop.

Click here to read a comparison between the iPad and Windows8 tablets.

Do you use a tablet for work? How well does this arrangement function for you? Leave us a comment letting us know.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who enjoys helping you understand the ever changing technology landscape. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Google Announces Free Cloud Storage Service, Google Drive

Google Drive Coffee

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Earlier this week, Google announced the rollout of its latest service, Google Drive. This virtual storage space allows you to create and store files in the cloud. Additionally, you can share and collaborate on files, keeping up with changes in real time.

Google Drive quickly differentiates itself from its competitors both by the amount of size they offer for free (a robust 5GB), as well as with a plethora of amazing features that users are sure to love.

One of the more beneficial features is the ability to view over 30 different files types in your browser, even if you don’t have the program installed on your computer. This means you can still view your friend’s shared Photoshop file using your web browser, even if you don’t have Photoshop on your computer.

Additionally, Google Drive allows you to track changes, and saves your revisions, keeping changes for up to 30 days, or choose to keep a particular revision permanently stored, depending on your needs.

You can also download and upload files with ease, regardless of platform. Want to save files from your IPad in your Google Drive and later move those same files to your PC? No problem, Google has you covered and allows you to easily move and save files, no matter what device or computer you are using.

If you want to use Google Drive there is currently a wait list (as Google always does with any new service), so if you want to be one of the first to use it, then go to the Google Drive Sign Up site and request some space. They’ll notify you when it’s ready.

Click here to read a comparison of different cloud storage services to see how they stack up.

Are you using Google Drive now? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experience.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who enjoys helping you find cool new tools to make work and life easier. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.