Share Your Screen With Others Using Mikogo

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share screen windows mac Do you find yourself using GoToMeeting or some other similar screen sharing application? 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.

mikogo- share screen session

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.

mikogo_Settings1

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’.

mikogo_settings2

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.

mikogo_settings3

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

mikogo_settings4

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.

mikogo_startingmeeting

mikogo_meetingstarted

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

mikogo_meetinginfo

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.

mikogo_meetinglogin

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.

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Comments (11)
  • Feedback

    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!

  • utahbmxer

    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.

  • SEM

    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!

  • Fredrik

    Try Yuuguu for Linux.

  • Andrew Donnelly

    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

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