Platform: Windows XP
Number of downloads: 2210
Built in to Windows XP (and a free download for Mac users from www.microsoft.com/mac) is the facility to remotely connect to another PC and control or manage that PC from another location. With the rise of very fast broadband, people underestimate how useful this kind of tool can be, particular when you’re out of the office.
Remote Desktop Connection works by logging in to the remote PC with the username and password you provide. Effectively you’re using the computer as yourself, apart from the fact that it is being controlled over the Internet. You can still access your email, open applications and even do some basic work (particularly file management work) if you have a fast connection.
You can choose to include your local hard drives and printer on the remote computer. This means you can copy files from the remote computer to a local drive, using Windows Explorer, and use the local printer to print documents on the remote computer.
Remote Desktop Connection 6 is a new revision for Windows XP SP 2 users, with support for network level authentication, 32-bit colour support, font smoothing and more.