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share screen windows mac Do you find yourself using GoToMeeting or some other similar screen sharing application 7 Easy Screen-Sharing and Remote-Access Tools 7 Easy Screen-Sharing and Remote-Access Tools Read More ? Do you hate its corporate feel? Do you want something a little friendlier for your meeting?

How about a full blown free screen sharing application that includes file transfer and remote control?

This is cross platform and works on Windows and Macs. The presenter simply downloads the 1.3MB Windows installer file and runs it on the machine that they want to share.

(You can also grab Mikogo’s Mac installer here).

You do need to sign up for a free account as well – but the person you are sharing your screen with does not.

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You can download the application first or set up your account first – it does not matter. Either which way after you have an account password (it will be emailed to you) and the program running in your system tray you can go ahead and click on ‘settings’.

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There are 4 basic pages to Mikogo’s settings. The only thing you REALLY need to fill out is the user name, password and your display name in the first page as seen below.


The second page is how you can define what is shared. If you want to share everything you do not have to worry about these options. If you want any applications opened after the connection not to be shared simply un-check the box at the top to ‘Show new applications’.


The third page is self explanatory and just has settings for what is displayed if you pause the meeting and a storage path to record your meeting. There is also a box to apply a password to your meeting.


The last settings page allows you to setup your proxy or connection. If you have a normal setup you can safely bypass these settings.


When you are done with your settings you can choose ‘start a meeting’ from your system tray. You will see the following screen and then the confirmation that the meeting has started.



You will then be given your meeting ID number and basic information on how to get your participants to connect to your session.


Then you instruct your user to go to the Mikogo website and click ‘Join a meeting’. They will download a small file and then will see this screen. Have them type in your meeting ID as well as a display name for them.


That’s it – they now see your screen. You can also give them control of your mouse and keyboard as well as initiate a file transfer.

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Do you have another free screen sharing tool? Is it better than Mikogo? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Feedback
    February 2, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I tried Mikogo and although it has plenty of nice features, there is one HUGE drawback: clients have to download an *.exe file in order to join the meeting!
    You might hate corporate looks, but for sure you won't be using Mikogo in such an environment.
    Nice review, looking for similar ones!

  2. utahbmxer
    October 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Wow. I have been playing around with Mikogo today and it couldn't be easier. Trying to explain how to do stuff over the phone to clients and family is a pain sometimes, and didn't really want to pay $50+ a month for this type of service. I give it 2 thumbs up.

  3. SEM
    September 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I read the "do you hate its corporate feel?" and thought "what could really be different?" Well, giraffes, for one. Much friendlier. I think that while I'm wrangling with IPs and firewalls, I'd really rather be running mikogo. I'll have to try it out, thanks for posting!

  4. Fredrik
    August 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Try Yuuguu for Linux.

  5. Andrew Donnelly
    March 16, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Hi Karl,

    Thanks for taking the time to review Mikogo and cover the release of the new Mac version and Mikogo's cross-platform function.
    Btw, Mikogo allows you to share your screen with up to 10 people in one free screen sharing session. This makes it ideal for not only remote support but also online meetings, web presentations and other forms of group collaboration.
    Also, Mikogo is free for both commercial and private use - with Mikogo everyone can enjoy free, easy & secure desktop sharing.

    Thanks again Karl!

    Andrew Donnelly
    The Mikogo Team

  6. Jersey Bob
    March 14, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I agree with the others here that Teamviewer is great. Speed is good and you can't beat the price. But it seems that it's mostly for remote support, not online meetings.

    I've tested a lot of online meeting applications, and like Yuuguu. It has a free version and a $9/month version. So thanks for the info on Mikogo. I'll see how it stacks up.

  7. Mike
    March 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Teamviewer rocks. Free too...

  8. shrapnel09
    March 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I recently did my homework in this area and found a whole host of options out there for free online screen sharing and collaboration suites. Some are easy to use and some offer more functions.

    A few of them:
    LogMeIn, DimDim, ShowMyPC, Open a Circle, Vyew, TalkandWrite, and many more.
    Free Online Collaboration and Screen sharing systems at 404 Tech Support.

  9. Ren
    March 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Wow, it makes remote access looks like a child play.

  10. Zakir Quraishi
    March 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Teamviewer is the one that I use and it is free and offers great service. You don't even need to sign up. You will just need your auto generated ID and password and give it to one who will control your computer and that's it!

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