Desktop Sharing: A Look At A Now-Invaluable Tool

Desktop sharing is a concept that is becoming more and more popular in commercial and private settings. Although the technology is now nearly a decade old, its current incarnations have been popular for only a few years. Desktop sharing began as a process with one major function: accessing your computer from far away. With an Internet connection, users could access their work computers from miles or states away to view or update important files. The potential of this idea was hidden until a second person was able to access the same computer, manipulate data, and await feedback from the original user. Sharing desktops was seen as a way to give everyone access to files and data without worrying about security or untraceable changes.

Entering the Business World

history of desktop sharingThe modern version of desktop sharing was born. Sharing a desktop has become an invaluable business tool, as all of a company’s important files are kept in one place, no matter how often they may be edited. This has become much more reliable than distributing the files to business partners, who could change the data in different, untracked ways. More importantly, having data in one location is significantly more secure than keeping copies on many computers. Desktop sharing was developed over time as a business tool only, until individuals providing technical support were allowed to telecommute for their jobs.

The most recent advances in desktop sharing – also called “remote access” – are in private technical support. It is no longer a criterion for businesses that specialize in technical support to provide staff to every area they service. Instead, overhead is kept low by hiring enough staff for a headquarters and using remote desktop access to solve technical issues from afar. Electronics stores have specialized in this process so that consumers who buy new computers can have them fully set up and customized by support staff over an Internet connection.

These trends and technological developments have worked together to create fully functional company workstations detached from a worker’s computer. The application benefits are many. A shared desktop can now be accessed by all staff working on a similar project, or a single desktop can be accessed from any computer or workstation with an Internet connection, allowing an individual to literally work from anywhere. This has increased employee freedom through the ability to telecommute, while simultaneously reducing overhead for companies engaged in the practice, as a facility no longer needs to house so many bodies, and pay rates can change to reflect the negligible cost of commuting.

Desktop Sharing Today

The methods of desktop sharing have not changed much since its inception and early uses. In essence, it is the same tool as always: just a way to connect to a workstation from anywhere in the world. Users have continually found new uses for desktop sharing, however, developing it into something to match varied needs and use cases.