Screen Sharing between Devices

Share your screen with colleagues for enhanced communication and collaboration.

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What Is Screen Sharing and How Does It Work?

Screen sharing, also known as desktop sharing, is the practice of sharing the contents of your screen with another device or multiple devices. This can include all the elements on a screen or simply one window, allowing for complete control over the visibility of your desktop and a guarantee of privacy. By sharing your screen you have the ability to show friends, colleagues or clients any media that is on your device without ever having to go through a lengthy transfer process; this can include presentations, documents, images, and even videos. What’s more, screen sharing allows the recipient to not only view the material on the shared device but watch as the user interacts with it, navigating the interface and making changes.

Screen sharing works by breaking down the information depicted on the device screen into encoded packets of information and sending them across the internet to another device. The recipient device then rebuilds the image received from the other screen. Modern screen sharing software is smart enough to both compress the data to minimise bandwidth requirements and carefully monitor activity on the screen: the software will only transmit information when a change or movement occurs. This further helps to improve the connection stability and image quality.

Does Screen Sharing Work on Any Device and Operating System?

The screen sharing functionality is supported by any device carrying the appropriate software to perform it.

This means that it is possible to share information from your mobile phone to your desktop computer, as well as from your tablet and vice versa.

Furthermore, screen sharing can happen on multiple devices at once.

It’s also platform independent, meaning that screen sharing can occur on two devices using different operating systems.

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Given that screen sharing works using software that connects devices over the internet, in order to share your screen with another device all that is required is a strong internet connection and the same program installed on each computer. With this in place, screen sharing is possible between the following devices without compatibility issues:

  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Linux
  • Chrome OS
  • iOS
  • Android

Professional Screen Sharing Use Cases

Screen sharing is the optimal solution for webinars and online meetings, allowing you to share slides and other presentation materials with a large number of recipients in real time. It is also the ideal tool for software training, meaning educators can remotely connect to and guide their users through various stages of learning and development. Session recording enables you to then recycle this material for future use. In this way, screen sharing applications are not only an important business tool, but a powerful learning aid.

Screen sharing means you can make the most of conference calls and meetings from anywhere in the world. No matter whether you are working remotely or your team is spread across multiple locations, enjoy instant and collaborative communication that makes it seem as though you are in the same room together. Screen sharing lets you demonstrate processes and share information in a practical and hands-on manner, without ever having to be physically present or compromise your time.

Key Benefits of Screen Sharing

Better collaboration

Enhance your online meetings and collaborations with screen sharing. Colleagues can work on documents side-by-side while working from anywhere in the world. Likewise, presentations are equally as easy as all participants are able to follow in-line with the material being discussed, independently from their own devices.

More effective training

Using screen sharing, instructors are able to give more engaging and effective training sessions. Trainees can view the exact workings of a product or specific processes to follow, rather than using static PowerPoint slides or recorded videos. In this way, screen sharing also allows for real-time feedback and discussion.

Streamlined processes

Screen sharing makes the need to email presentations or documents for review redundant. Share and discuss files in real time, saving time and improving the quality of outcomes while keeping your inbox clean. What’s more, with no need to send or drop files using a web client you never have to worry about compatibility issues.

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