Join.Me is a useful tool that you can use to get your people together without actually getting them together in the physical sense. You just have to share your screen instantly for everyone to see. It’s an impromptu meeting space that brings your team together without hassle. This tool is a product of LogMeIn Inc, and was designed to work on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 and is compatible with 32 or 64-bit systems. It’s very easy to use and comes with basic screen sharing features, VoIP features, and capability to invite up to ten participants. The free version lets you share controls, use the mobile app, and transfer files.
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Show my PC’s objective is to offer “free and integrated collaboration tools for all user”. The tool lives up to its promise as it offers an intuitive user interface perfect for chatting, sharing, and group meeting. To use the tool, you are supposed to first download the software, once you launch it, you can create a password to send to all the other participants. This free and open source tool enables you to view and access another PC, screen, or desktop. ShowMyPc is very easy to use. The user who wants to share their screen hits “Show My PC Now” and the user on the other end hits “View Remote PC”. The software generates a password that the user at the remote end will need to provide in order to access your PC. The tool also has a Chat Whiteboard feature where you can chat with the other participants.
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MingleView is a free peer-to-peer remote desktop sharing and control based tool which allows for remote assistance and hosting of online meetings with colleagues, friends, and families. This tool is completely free, so you won’t be pestered with the annoying upgrade prompts every time you launch the software. This is the first free tool to offer unlimited access to users to host or participate in meetings. It also offers an HD screen quality enabling users to have a lively experience. MingleView works with all Windows versions and doesn’t require firewall configurations or port forwarding.
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If you love Google Hangouts for chats and video calls, then you can also use it when you want to share your screen with other users. Just like Skype, sharing your screen with Google Hangouts is very easy and it gives you that option once you start a Hangouts call.
All you have to do is select a contact from the Hangouts list, click the video icon and then click ‘options’ at the top right of the video call window. It will open various sharing options and you can choose to either share your entire desktop or your browser window. To stop screen share, you can click stop in the banner at the top of your screen or you can just click options and then select ‘Stop Screenshare’. Google Hangouts is a convenient tool for screen sharing as you don’t need to download and install another program.
The above list is by no means exhaustive. There are many screen sharing tools available on the market today, but I feel that the ones mentioned above are the best in terms of usability and performance. What are your favorites on the list?
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.