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Best Remote Desktop Software

Remote desktop software allows a user to seamlessly connect to and interact with a computer in another location via an internal network or the internet. Remote desktop software enables the user to see and control a connected PC or laptop as though they were sitting directly in front of it. Remote desktop software is helpful for things like collaborative work, technical support, and demonstrations.

The main difference between remote desktop and screen sharing software is that screen sharing allows users to literally share their screens for the purpose of presentations or web conferencing. Remote desktop, on the other hand, offers a full set of features for actual remote use, which is handy in the case of tech support calls or away-from-the-office computer use.

The main difference between remote desktop and VDI software is that with VDI, the user can actually access their company’s network, verified by user identification and authentication. VDI allows the user’s computer to access network resources and servers from another, remote location. Remote desktop software is less comprehensive and simply replicates the desktop experience. Remote desktops are used by support technicians and professionals who remotely configure data centers and other industrial applications. There are two major categories of remote desktop software: operating-system-based and third-party solutions. The OS-based solution is provided by the same company that provides your business’ OS, which means that it is baked right into the system. Third-party solutions equals ease of use: you just download the program and have the program run, troubleshoot, and support the software for you.

To qualify for inclusion in the Remote Desktop category, a product must:

  • Display the remote computer screen on your own screen in real-time
  • Use own keyboard and mouse to control the remote screen
  • Allow user complete access to and control over the remote desktop
  • Allow connection either via an internal network or IP address
  • Support differing operating systems
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    TeamTeamViewer provides easy-to-use, scalable, and secure software to connect to and monitor any device, anywhere in the world. From desktop-to-desktop, desktop-to-mobile, mobile-to-mobile, or to unattended devices like servers and IoT devices, TeamViewer allows you to service and support the widest array of platforms and technologies. TeamViewer offers instant, secure access to any device, anywhere in the world. We’ve developed solutions that are as simple as possible for both support technicians and end users. No pre-installed, IT-administered software needed to receive help No complicated steps for people receiving support Enjoy cross-platform connections with support for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry Manage settings of your devices centrally, and use secure access controls to connect to unattended devices No port configurations or firewall hassles By cutting out unnecessary steps and complex configurations, your support team can focus their energy on solving problems and increasing productivity instead of struggling to connect with a customer in need. Seamless Integration Pre-built integrations with the world’s top IT-enablement platforms for simple, seamless deployment and continuous improvement. Amazon WorkSpaces Avira Freshdesk/Freshservie IBM MaaS360 Jira Microsoft Active Directory Microsoft Dynamics Microsoft Intune MobileIron Ninja Salesforce ServiceNow Synology NAS Devices ThingWorx Zendesk Bank-Level Security Cybersecurity is a constant concern, and your help desk is the hub of all security activity. Your remote sessions are secured by RSA 2048 public/private key exchange, AES (256-bit) end-to-end encryption, and configurable options like two-factor authentication, trusted device approval, master whitelists, and more. Manage Devices & Users Seamlessly Take control of your devices and users from one central dashboard that allows you to easily assign and revoke permissions. Install updates, assign licenses, and configure settings on any device, regardless of whether it’s attended or not. Any Device, Any Platform, Anywhere TeamViewer’s remote access solution supports all devices across your enterprise where connections are needed, whether that’s desktop-to-desktop, desktop-to-mobile, mobile-to-mobile, or unattended devices like servers and IoT devices. Work with any device, regardless of operating system or device status. Multi-User Remote Support Sessions Collaborate with other technicians to solve complex IT issues, with bi-directional desktop sharing and fast file transfers up to 200 MB/s. No lag, no stuttering, no telling users where to click so you can focus your energy on offering the best solutions. Simplify Ticketing With Servicecamp Enable seamless ticket intake and troubleshooting with custom intake forms, internal team notes, simple escalation, and the ability to launch a TeamViewer remote support session or video conference directly from the ticket. The best part? Servicecamp is included with TeamViewer Premium and Corporate accounts.

    ConnectWise Control, formerly ScreenConnect, is a fast, reliable and secure remote support, access and meeting solution. Connect instantly to provide on-demand remote support or establish unattended access to repair computers, provide updates, and manage machines. ConnectWise Control includes the same features as competing remote control solutions.

    Support remote customers quickly through web-based, on-demand remote support sessions. Setup and manage remote computers effortlessly with unattended remote access. Completely secure and reliable.

    VNC Connect
    (239)4.7 out of 5
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    VNC® Connect is screen sharing software that lets you connect to a remote computer anywhere in the world, watch its screen in real-time, and take control as though sitting in front of it.

    BeyondTrust Remote Support (formerly Bomgar Remote Support) is the #1 solution for organizations that need to securely access and support any device or system, anywhere in the world. Technicians using Remote Support can quickly connect to, view, and control remote systems and devices, chat and collaborate with end-users or other technicians, all while improving remote access security. Organizations in all vertical markets around the globe use Remote Support to deliver superior support services and reduce threats to valuable data and systems. BeyondTrust is privately held and headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices and channel partners around the world. Connect with BeyondTrust at www.beyondtrust.com, the BeyondTrust Blog, or on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Get a free trial of Remote Support at https://www.beyondtrust.com/remote-support/trial.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, formally known as Terminal Services, is a desktop virtualization software for Microsoft Windows products.

    AnyDesk was founded in Germany in 2014, and its unique remote desktop access software has been downloaded by more than 90 million users worldwide, adding another 5 million every month. The software is based on our unique proprietary codec, DeskRT, that allows for virtually latency-free collaboration, whether you’re down the hall, or on the other side of the world and also for lower bandwith internet connections. We’re one of the 50 fastest-growing firms in Germany, combining great product performance, essential for remote desktop applications, with a very affordable and customizable pricing structure.

    Splashtop Business Access is a remote desktop solution for business professionals and teams. Centrally manage users remote access. Individuals and teams can remotely access their own computers and shared computers with any device using Splashtop Business Access. Remotely access your Windows and Mac computers from practically any device: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chrome browser/Chromebook. Just install Splashtop Streamer on all the target computers you want to remote to and Splashtop Business app on all the mobile devices or computers you want to remote from.

    GoToAssist Remote Support is the choice of IT professionals demanding robust, easy-to-use remote support. With GoToAssist Remote Support, you can resolve technical issues by instantly delivering web-based support to customers, end users, unattended computers and servers. Key Features: Unattended Support Collaboration File Transfer Remote Diagnostics Security (2FA, SSO, and AD Sync)

    VMware Workstation Player allows you to run a second, isolated operating system on a single PC. With many uses ranging from a personal educational tool, to a business tool for providing a simplified experience to run a corporate desktop on a BYO device, Workstation Player leverages the VMware vSphere hypervisor to provide a simple yet mature and stable, local virtualization solution.

    FixMe.IT is a fast and easy-to-use remote support application built for delivering on-demand and unattended technical assistance to clients located anywhere in the world. Starting at just $25 per month per seat, FixMe.IT allows you to provide unlimited on-demand support and manage up to 150 unattended machines. Other key features include branding, multi-session handling, multi-window control, drag-n-drop file transfer, multi-monitor navigation, whiteboard tools, session recording and reporting, reboot & auto-reconnect, and much more.

    Goverlan Reach
    (140)4.5 out of 5
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    Provide remote IT support, automate your IT management, network and system admin tasks with the industry's most secure on-premises remote access software Goverlan Reach enables you to seamlessly support all your users and their machines, no matter where, and without the need for a VPN. With Goverlan you have: . Secure access to your users machines no matter where they are . Enterprise-class Remote Control . Active Directory administration and Password management . Behind-the-scenes systems reporting and management . Software and patch distribution . IT workflow automation . Compliance and security management

    Parallels Desktop for Mac is a desktop virtualization software that enables your employees to use Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Parallels Desktop for Mac automatically detects what you need to get started so you're up and going within minutes.

    Apple Remote Desktop allows IT administrators to quickly distribute software and remotely access computers across a network.

    Remote Desktop Manager lets you centralize all your remote connections, passwords and credentials into a unique platform that people love to work with. Drive security, speed, and productivity through your organization while reducing risks for your IT department. Join over 400,000 users in more than 140 countries who enjoy Remote Desktop Manager.

    Chrome Remote Desktop is a Google Chrome extension that allows users to remotely access other computers.

    LogMeIn Rescue is a powerful, easy-to-use remote support solution for PCs, Macs, mobile devices, and more. Rescue is built to serve teams of all sizes, from small helpdesks to the world's largest support organizations, and everyone in between. Rescue helps you provide technical support to your employees, your customers, or both, with a solution that is fast, reliable, flexible, and easy to use.

    Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed application streaming service. You centrally manage your desktop applications on AppStream 2.0 and securely deliver them to a browser on any computer. You can easily scale to any number of users across the globe without acquiring, provisioning, and operating hardware or infrastructure.

    Citrix Gateway consolidates remote access infrastructure to provide single sign-on across all applications whether in a datacenter, in a cloud, or delivered as SaaS.

    CloudBerry Remote Assistant is a Windows software for remote control and desktop sharing. The solution is designed to quickly and securely access and control a remote desktop or server computer over the Internet.

    MobaXterm is your ultimate toolbox for remote computing. In a single Windows application, it provides loads of functions that are tailored for programmers, webmasters, IT administrators and pretty much all users who need to handle their remote jobs in a more simple fashion.

    As networks grow in complexity and scale to thousands or tens of thousands of devices, IT service providers need powerful tools to help them keep up. SolarWinds N-central gives you that power.

    GoToMyPC is a VDI tool from Citrix that allows users to remotely access their Mac or PC.

    Right Networks is the partner you can trust to get your accounting-based desktop and legacy applications into the cloud. We are the world leader in cloud-enabled QuickBooks Desktops and an Intuit Authorized Commercial Hosting Provider.

    RemotePC allows you to access and manage your far away computers anytime, from any device - given that the computer has an active Internet connection and the RemotePC application is installed on it. You can login to your office or home computer, manage your files and work on your computer - as though you were sitting right in front of it. You can also invite an associate to access your computer to work on a presentation or help troubleshoot.

    Crossover allows users to run Windows on Mac and Linux, easily and affordably.

    LiteManager Pro/Free — remote access support software for remote administration of computers over the Internet or remote control in a local network, for distant learning, providing remote support to users and supervising work activity of employees. The program allows to quickly and easily control computer desktop in real-time mode with full support for Windows, provides secure remote access to the file system, processes and services of the remote computer. LiteManager has built-in tools for creating network map, collecting technical data, ability to deploy and update using remote installation services, configure private ID router (NOIP) and many other features. Classroom management software.

    QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.

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    Rocket Blue Zone Terminal Emulation solutions provide a cost-effective alternative to your aging emulator–including flexible licensing to meet the needs of today’s mobile workforce, comprehensive security, and significantly reduced total cost of ownership over time.

    TruGrid simplifies corporate-wide access to Enterprise Workspaces (desktops/servers) that are based on Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and includes fully-integrated security and cloud scalability.

    ISL Online is remote support & remote access tool with a rich set of features and very high-security standards. ISL Online allows users to securely access and control remote Windows, Mac and Linux computers as well as mobile devices to provide ad hoc technical support and remote management. Rich customization options allow you to rebrand the software to your own corporate identity and apply advanced security measures. ISL Online offers a cloud or on-premises service with a unique licensing model, which doesn’t limit the number of devices or clients you support.

    Apache Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. It supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH.

    Glance enables your enterprise service, sales, and training agents to see and show anything, on-screen, instantly, with customers or prospects. Glance lets your agent be seen by the customer or prospect -- on-screen, via 1-way video -- to build trust and humanize your brand. Glance is perfect for industries like financial services, insurance, healthcare, retail, travel, and technology, because our solutions are purpose-built to comply with the most rigorous privacy and security requirements.. Glance is integrated with your CRM, so launching a sharing session is as simple as clicking a button, and session metadata is automatically captured in the customer record. Glance helps enterprises create customers for life.

    NoMachine Enterprise Terminal Server provides secure and reliable access to mission-critical, specialized Linux desktops from any operating system and device, letting you federate all your desktop nodes under a single server. Organizations can conveniently centralize access, management and monitoring whilst empowering their users to run high-end, graphic-intensive OpenGL-based X applications without performance degradation. Create pools of Linux desktop nodes (Terminal Server Nodes) and scale up access to users' virtual desktops by balancing the computing load among them. By adding Enterprise Terminal Servers to a Cloud Server hierarchy, sysadmin can centralize access to multiple NoMachine clusters.

    Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) product portfolio helps consumers, businesses and service providers to fully experience and optimize computing.

    Award winning PC-Duo provides fast and reliable PC-PC remote control and remote access over LAN/WAN and internet connections. The famous PC-Duo reliability and performance makes it ideal for all environments including conventional PCs, thin client devices and fully virtualized desktops.

    RemoteView provides the easiest way to remotely access and control remote PCs and mobile devices, from anywhere in the world. RemoteView provides various management features optimized for businesses, allowing businesses of any size to remotely manage multiple devices.

    ShowMyPC provides Remote Support and Meeting services for all users. Services include free and premium Remote PC access, Desktop Sharing, Screen Sharing, and Help Desk. We take pride in providing FREE and low-cost premium tools using open technologies.

    Supremo is a powerful, safe (thanks to the AES 256-bit encryption) and complete solution for remote desktop control and support. It is constituted by one executable file, so it doesn’t need any installation and allows you to access a remote PC/server or host a Meeting in just a few seconds.

    Symless is a software for sharing mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk.

    Cloud Management Suite is a Predictive IT Management solution, delivered from the cloud, that enables the IT Department to manage all devices inside or outside the network without the need to deploy agents. Cloud Management Suite provides patch management (Microsoft and third-party), remote control, inventory, reporting, and software distribution features.

    Glia creates digital-first customer engagement solutions that enable companies to identify and segment high-value website visitors, communicate through live chat, audio, and video chat, and leverage visual context through CoBrowsing and Live Observation - creating deeper, more meaningful conversations that lead to increased sales and improved customer support.

    HP Remote Graphics Software is an application virtualization tool for accessing 3D professional graphics applications remotely.

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