Facebook Users Can Share Computer Screens Via Deskhop App From RealVNC

By David Cohen 

DeskhopThe screen-sharing technology often used by information-technology professionals to help solve computer issues is now available via a new Facebook application, Deskhop, from RealVNC, a developer of remote-access and control software.

Deskhop is available free-of-charge, and the app is compatible with PCs and Macs. It enables users to run a small, temporary software program that grants them access to their fellow users’ screens after both users accept. The program is deleted when the session ends, for security reasons.

The app works solely with desktops, and not with phones or tablets. Users are also not able to transmit sound or transfer files between computers.

Possible uses for Deskhop include:

  • Troubleshooting computer issues.
  • Collaborating on documents.
  • Watching slideshows.
  • Editing photos or images.

RealVNC Vice President of Hosted Products Adam Greenwood Byrne said in a release announcing the availability of Deskhop:

The importance of social media in today’s world cannot be overemphasized. As a long-established leader in remote-access technology, we are perfectly positioned to provide a screen-sharing experience within the Facebook platform.

Founder and CEO Andy Harter added:

We wanted to bring the power and versatility of screen sharing to a whole new set of people. There is nothing else like this in Facebook, and we think it will be incredibly popular. Being integrated into the Facebook world is the key to making screen sharing simple and easy to use.

Readers: What uses for Deskhop can you think of?