TeamViewer is a highly popular application for desktop computer systems and mobile devices that enables you to remote control computers over the Internet or use it for online meetings.
At least some of the appeal comes from the fact that it is free for non-commercial users and easy to set up.
If you are the go-to guy (or woman) when it comes to problems with computers in your family, circle of friends or even at work, then the chance is quite high that you are using TeamViewer or have used it in the past.
The company behind the product released version 10 of TeamViewer today after a beta period that lasted roughly a month.
According to the TeamViewer 10 changelog, it introduces a variety of new features and improvements to existing features.
The new version boasts performance optimizations across the board according to TeamViewer. This includes multi-core processor optimizations, faster load and login times and HD voice performance improvements.
Users who work on 4k monitors will find that those are support now and Mac OS X Yosemite users can use a remote control toolbar specifically designed for the operating system.
Other features of interest include new central setting policies for corporate environments to apply, distribute and enforce policies using the management console, new corporate customizations for the waiting room and download site for custom modules, and options to write session notes during the session.
Several improvements have been made to the usability as well. TeamViewer 10 supports one-click video calls now, idle session timeouts, profile pictures or persistent chat records.
When you right-click on a user and click on the chat button the new chat interface window opens up for the selected contact.
There you find previous messages and options to start a remote session or share your screen. Messages sent while offline are immediately available the next time the user comes online and become available across devices as well.
Persistent group chats are supported by TeamViewer 10 as well, and all messages sent and received use end-to-end encryption automatically.
The Master Whitelist introduced in TeamViewer 10 protects the device by restricting access to the device to contacts that are on it.
You configure the whitelist in the following way:
This is different from the blacklist which restricts access to select contacts.
TeamViewer 10 ships with support for OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox and Box. Use these services to share files during remote control sessions and meetings.
The new door looking feature allows you to lock access to meetings either before the meeting has started or after it ha started. There is still an option to see who is waiting to invite them to join, for instance if they are late.
Last but not least, it is possible to use the whiteboard during remote control sessions now.
As far as compatibility is concerned: TeamViewer 10 users can establish remote control sessions to all devices running TeamViewer 3 or higher. It is however not possible to establish a remote connection from an earlier version to a device running TeamViewer 10.
Old versions of TeamViewer can be downloaded from this page.
Now You: Are you using TeamViewer or another remote control program? If so which and for what purpose?
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