Best free desktop sharing software

Anybody have an opinion on what the best free desktop sharing software is? I like TeamViewer, but it is too expensive. I especially like the way I can upload files in TeamViewer, so this would be a requirement.
Rick DangerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use Remote Desktop Connection from Microsoft. Free and it works well.

I think the rest all cost money like VNC or Real VNC

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Rick DangerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your time.

As I understand it though, it takes a bit of setting up on the customer PC. Is that still the case?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
RDP comes with Windows and the setup would be the same as any other remote Desktop (roughly the same).
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Rick DangerAuthor Commented:
With TeamViewer there is no set up. You just aks the host to install TeamViewer, with no technical knowledge, and away we go. Perhaps that why is costs so much!
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
For me Teamviewer is worth every cent. Instead of using rdp for support use microsoft remote assistant its free and it works quite well both you and the user can be connected at the same time where rdp disconnects the user when you authenticated.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree about Team Viewer all the way. It is not free and if you must have free, then RDP is it. It is a choice you need to make.
As long as it isn't used commercially, the TeamViewer is free.

Windows RDP is good, but it does require you to forward ports in routers, and if a site has more than one PC you'd either have to change the port used by RDP for all but one PC, and forward those ports too, or setup a separate PC that you can use to RDP into, and then in turn RDP to the other PC's.

Besides that, it is only available for the Pro and above versions of windows. If you have to support remote PC's that have a home version of Windows installed, it isn't available.

There of course also is remote assistance, which is available for all versions, also the home OS's, but it requires the remote user to invite you to a Remote Assistance session, and you'd have to instruct them on how that is done first. This wouldn't need any port/router changes.
TemodyPickalbatros, IT ManagerCommented:
Fully free ammyy admin
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I've looked at a lot of solutions and the best I've come across is ScreenConnect.  NOT free, but YOU run the server (even in a micro instance on Amazon), you can install the agent on an UNLIMITED number of systems AND you have the ability for those you don't install an agent on to have people go to a web site, enter a code, and connect with a "one time download" agent like Teamviewer.  Screen sharing, multiple monitors, file transfer, VoIP communication, screen capture and video recording, android app... For everything it does and if you're a consultant expecting to do remote support for people, it's CHEAP.  $325 for a single session license (priced by the concurrent session capability).  Meaning you can have ONE session open to ANY of 10000 different agented machines (or code-based one time sessions) for that price.  Multiple sessions are cheaper.  And annual maintenance is very reasonable.  Install is simple.  I say try it - when I evaluated it for my 30 day free trial, in 30 minutes after I downloaded I was hooked.  It was that easy to setup and test and with everything it can do, it was a no-brainer for me.
Rick DangerAuthor Commented:
Sorry it's been divided down to 100 each, but I can't do anything about that I'm afraid. All help gratefully received!
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