By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2005-04-04 Print this article Print

MyWebEx PC Pro functions in much the same way as GoToMyPC Corporate 4.1, giving users access to remote machines via a Web browser.

Click here to read the review of GoToMyPC Corporate 4.1.
Also released in February, the remote control application is available in two versions. We tested MyWebEx PC Pro, which includes tools such as remote printing, file transfer and application-specific access. MyWebEx PC Pro is available free through June 30. After that, the Pro version will cost $9.95 per month for each PC or $7.45 per PC per month with an annual subscription. MyWebEx PC is a free, stripped-down version that offers strictly screen sharing and is limited to one remote PC.

MyWebEx PC Pro is available for Windows 95 and later and supports only Microsoft Corp.s Internet Explorer 4.x and later on both host and user machines.

MyWebEx PC Pro rivals GoToMyPC Corporate 4.1 in its simplicity of setup. After signing up for an account, we merely downloaded a client onto each PC and assigned a password to each client. We appreciated MyWebEx PC Pros authentication choices: We could have the host system authenticate the user via password or have the service dial a phone number provided by the user.

MyWebEx PC Pros application access control is outstanding. It was a breeze to limit remote access to Microsoft Word and Outlook. As a result, only those two applications—and nothing else on the desktop—were available to us when we remotely logged on to our host desktop.

MyWebEx PC Pro has many of the same capabilities as GoToMyPC Corporate 4.1. However, MyWebEx PC Pro isnt as robust as its rival. For example, our IE browser crashed on a number of occasions when we tried to connect to a remote system. When we logged back into our account, it showed that the remote system was still connected, meaning we had to disconnect from the service before trying to connect again.

Accessing a remote PC from MyWebEx PC Pro takes longer than with other services, and we experienced more lag than usual when navigating the remote desktop.

Unlike GoToMyPC Corporate 4.1, MyWebEx PC Pro does not have a screen area auto-matching feature that automatically reduces the hosts resolution to that of the remote machine. As a result, we had to do quite a bit of scrolling to see our desktop in cases where the remote computer had a higher resolution than the computer from which we were connecting.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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