“Paul: Hey Robin, can you take a quick look at this slide deck for our presentation tomorrow?
Robin: Sure. Have you emailed it to me already? Paul: No. It’s on our team’s intranet site. Robin: Sorry Paul – I am at a customer’s. I don’t have access to corporate network right now.
Paul: No problem. Let me email it to you. I hope it lets me send a 7 MB file. OK – I just sent. (Paul and Robin wait for some time; discuss the weather and what they did in the weekend etc) Paul: Have you received it yet? Robin: Nope. Not yet.
Paul: Hmm. (Paul hums a tune to fill the void.) Robin: Ah there it is – I got it!
Paul: Okay – can you go to slide 4? Robin: Wait, it is still opening.
Yes – I am on slide 4.
Paul: So what do you think of this graph on slide 4? Robin: What graph? Slide 4 only has text. Paul: Darn!! I emailed you an older version…..” Sounds familiar? The Microsoft Office Communicator team believes that Robin and Paul should not have to take so long to get to the same page; the Communicator team believes that Robin and Paul should not have to use multiple disconnected tools to collaborate effectively; the Communicator team believes that Robin and Paul deserve a much better experience.
With this vision in mind, Microsoft Office Communicator R2 combines the power of screen sharing with the ease of use of an instant message/ phone call – bringing you a complete communication and collaboration tool. By adding instant desktop sharing to your very own IM and Voice client, Communicator R2 becomes a one stop shop for all your collaboration needs – one of its kinds in the industry today. Read the following article to understand what the brand new capability enables, how you can enhance your experience and some tips and tricks!
Simply put, desktop sharing gives you the ability to send a live view of your desktop. Desktop sharing can be used for demonstrations, presentations, trainings – any situation when you want someone to look at your desktop over your shoulder. Further, it gives you the ability to give control of your desktop to anyone you trust. Remote control can be used to collaborate actively by letting a trusted party make edits into your document(s); it can be used to enable helpdesk to remotely work on your desktop. All of this from the very client you use for your IM.
Desktop Sharing Simplified
Enabling you to share if you can IM has been our key theme through the development of this feature – be it availability of the functionality or ease of use. From the moment you login to your communicator, sharing is always available to you at your fingertips.
Here are some feature additions that we think will make you love your sharing experience.
Q: Are there any settings users need to know about regarding sharing?
A: No! There are no settings at all. We would like to keep things simple. Q: How is the performance?
A: We do believe that the performance of the application is highly usable; although we do recommend the sharers to update their video drivers for best performance. Q: Are there any policies to ensure security and privacy? A: Yes, Absolutely. You can prevent your users from sharing, from giving control, or from sharing/ giving control to outside users.
Q: How can the viewer be the sharer and vice versa? A: It is as simple as viewer initiating the sharing. Viewer is not prevented from initiating sharing – this is to enable swift change of sharers.
If you really love the Microsoft Terminal services experience and wanted to see the full screen without any controls on top, you can use the keyboard combo: Ctrl+Alt+Break.
It will be great to know how you use desktop sharing. Do share your experiences and feedback.
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2009 4:10 PM by octeam