TeamViewer 10 Includes Collaboration Tools, Linux Support

Other communications features include a chat history for all conversations, making it possible to locate a previous message across devices.

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Remote control and online meeting software specialist TeamViewer marked the 10th anniversary of its TeamViewer software with the launch of TeamViewer 10.

Following a beta period, TeamViewer 10 is available for the main operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8/RT and BlackBerry, and features new collaboration tools, deeper customization and online storage integration with Dropbox and others.

For professional use, TeamViewer offers different licenses targeted at companies of various sizes; for personal use in a noncommercial environment, TeamViewer software and TeamViewer apps are free of charge.

TeamViewer 10 provides enhanced control features, enabling IT administrators to apply, distribute and enforce setting policies centrally through the platform's management console.

"We generally receive a lot of feature requests and always work hard to implement those ones our users ask mostly for. Version 10 brings plenty new features that further ease lives of IT supporters around the world," Kornelius Brunner, head of product management at TeamViewer, told eWEEK. "It boasts performance optimizations across the board, including multicore processor optimizations, faster load and log-in times for our TeamViewer Management Console and HD voice performance improvements."

Any changes to setting policies are automatically applied to all TeamViewer installations, and users can integrate their computers and contacts into other applications with a new Computers & Contacts application programming interface (API).

The latest edition also includes performance optimizations, including central processing unit (CPU) usage optimizations for multicore processors, HD voice transmission quality, and faster log-in and load times for the Management Console.

In addition, users can now connect using video and voice over IP (VoIP) without having to first start a screen sharing session—with TeamViewer 10, it is possible to see and talk to multiple participants simultaneously in one call and share the screen at any time.

Like regular screen sharing meetings, TeamViewer video calls are end-to-end encrypted.

"The important point is that no 'man in the middle' is involved when your communication is end-to-end encrypted," Brunner said. "Because a middle man can always be regarded as suspect, end-to-end-encryption should be seen as an absolute must if a business cares about security. End-to-end encryption ensures complete security of data against unauthorized access and data theft."

Other communications features include a chat history for all conversations, making it possible to locate a previous message across devices.

Users can share files during meetings or remote control sessions by using Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive or Box.

A new app allows users to remotely control Windows, Mac and Linux computers over the Internet from their BlackBerry smartphone.

Features of the app include the transfer of files to and from remote computers, full keyboard functionality, intuitive touch and control gestures including Windows 8 multitouch support, and sound and video transmission in real time.

TeamViewer 10 also features an integrated remote control toolbar designed for Mac OS X Yosemite. Mac users can customize their TeamViewer QuickJoin and TeamViewer Host modules and use a whiteboard during remote control sessions and select what they want to reveal on their screen by using an application selection feature.