The remote desktop software market is expanding rapidly, as mobile office environments become widespread.
Google released the Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android on April 21, which allows a desktop to be controlled remotely by an Android handset. The application is available for free on Google Play.
Until recently, Microsoft’s free Remote Desktop and Parallels Access have been the two most popular remote PC control applications for Windows and Mac users, respectively. However, those released these days provide additional functions such as multiple access and multiple platforms. The functions of such remote desktop control software are increasingly diversified along with the increase in the types of mobile devices in use, too.
TeamViewer is currently marketing its remote PC control software with the same name for remote access via the Internet. The software supports remote printing, and allows a PC to be turned on remotely. Parallels Access 1.1, which was released by Parallels in February, is optimized for Apple’s iPad. It shows desktop software on the iPad after an adjustment process and supports gesture functions as well. It can be used on not only for Mac OS X but Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
According to market research firm Global Information, the remote desktop software market for small and mid-size enterprises is estimated to reach over US$1.1 billion by 2017.