I was checking out how Mikogo can help me join or share an online presentation and seeing everything that the other person is doing online from his/her computer.
The features are pretty standard as you have expected from this kind of application:
– Screen Sharing
– Change Presenters – I love this feature!
– Remote Control
– Pause Transmission
– Application Selection – Unique Offering not found anywhere else
– File Transfer
– Idustry-leading 256-AES end-to-end encryption.
– No configurations or network/firewall changes
– As a presenter, invite and share your screen with up to 10 people at the same time
How To Start and Share A Meeting
Download the 1MB application and signup for a free account to start a meeting.
How To Join/Participate A Meeting
If you are purely a participant and won’t be starting any meetings, you can get the smaller Mikogo connection client which you can download or run from here.
Previously, I had written about Teamviewer, another popular application for remote desktop sharing. However, I have to say that Mikogo have a few unique extras to offer.
1. Application Selection
When you are the presenter, you can select which applications your participants can see. This helps in keeping yourself from reviewing too much of your working environment or other sensitive details.
2. Skype Extras
The Mikogo Skype Extra gives you free calls and screen sharing together. Simply click on your chosen Skype contact and invite them to a Mikogo free online meeting. Instantly you’ll be able to transmit your desktop screen to your invited contact’s PC.
3. Firefox Addon Extension
Start or join meetings from any website with Mikogo using this firefox extension
How do I choose between Teamviewer and Mikogo?
– I use Teamviewer when I just want to have simple remote connection and screen sharing. I wouldn’t need to have a user account of anything like that. Mikogo would need you to register for a free account if you were to be presenting and inviting others to join the meeting.
– Mikogo offers a bit more control for a presenter so I would opt to use it if I were to be doing a presentation. Best of all, you can even switch roles between participants and presenter to give everyone the opportunity to present.
Overall, Mikogo is a nice piece of software and it’s free!
Andrew - Mikogo says
Thanks for taking the time to test Mikogo and the plug-ins. You’ve written a great review and we appreciate you taking the time. I’m sure you’ll find many opportunities to make the most of free screen sharing.
As I mentioned before, we’re working on a new version, and i’ll be sure to keep you posted on that.
We’ll be in touch mate.
Andrew was kind enough to contact and showed me the cool features of Mikogo, which gave me the opportunity to write this review for it.
Mikogo really deserves a mention 🙂
BTW, why the girrafe logo? Is Mikogo related to a girrafe in any sense? 😛
Andrew - Mikogo says
Mikogo is a Swahili word which means “to display/show”. It’s a great name and appropriate for Mikogo’s online presentation and screen sharing functions. And with this name we selected an African theme for our website and tool, hence the giraffe.
A Mikogo user once asked a similar question in our forum. Please feel free to join our forum: Mikogo Forum Here you can gain some great info on our app and chat with other Mikogo users.
Andrew Donnelly says
I just wanted to let you know that we officially announced the Mikogo Skype Extra with a press release along with a tutorial Mikogo Skype web page. Considering you’re well aware of the Extra and of Mikogo, I thought you might be interested to check out the new web page. You are welcome to use the graphics and new video tutorials for your site, if you are interested.
The Mikogo Team
Lai Min Feng says
just trying mikogo just now when I was trying to find other free application to replace teamviewer.
very nice application, but very slow comparing with teamviewer.
hope that mikogo can be as fast as teamviewer for remote
This is also good.
The software works well, Ammyy Admin doesn’t require installation or specific config, works behind gateways NAT as well as within one LAN.