pcAnywhere Is XP-compatible

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-11-12 Print this article Print

Symantec's pcAnywhere Version 10.5 is now compatible with Windows XP and has added some valuable security refinements.

Symantecs pcAnywhere Version 10.5 is now compatible with Windows XP and has added some valuable security refinements. Although Version 10.0 worked with XP, there were minor video compatibility problems that Symantec ironed out in Version 10.5, which will be released this week.

Of course, the other "incompatibility" is that XP comes with its own remote control, which raises a more fundamental question: "Why buy third-party remote control?" Especially when pcAnywheres suggested retail price is $179.95.

In eWeek Labs tests, the additional security features, including better logging that let me track failed connections caused by an invalid IP address or security ID as well as reporting on scans of the pcAnywhere port, made a compelling case for the stand-alone product.

Of course, the other big advantage of pcAnywhere is that its a good choice for use with a variety of operating systems—including the many versions of Windows that do not include remote control.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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