Why is this important? Does the typical home user really need all that advanced functionality? Should this remain the privilege of IT professionals?
The diversity of tasks today makes it impossible for just one computer to handle and to process everything, or to have all useful software programmes installed. People need to work with different systems at different times. Languages also matter. Bilingualism is more and more common, when it is not plain multilingualism, involving three or more languages. Today you need to work in a fully English computer environment, tomorrow with a fully Arabic system, including screens, messages, menus and everything.
Another day you may need to work on that specific software application that would only run under good old Windows XP, whereas your new computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed. Short of buying another laptop your best choice is to install
Remotely accessing other computers, whether it is to help a friend troubleshoot some technical issue or to run software that you don't have on your machine, it has also become common behaviour. TeamViewer is one of the most popular applications to "see" and work remotely on another machine, wherever in the world it may be located.
One of the most spectacular yet simple applications consists of remotely controlling a laptop where you have a music collection stored. Say Machine 1 is the laptop you are working from, and Machine 2 the one where your music collection is stored and you want to connect to the stereo sound system for playing back the music. Just access Machine 2 from Machine 1 by launching, for instance, Microsoft Remote Desktop software (comes free and integrated within Windows), and enjoy the ultimate, fully controlled, wireless jukebox. From selecting the songs to adjusting the sound level and other parameters, you can do it all, quickly and wirelessly.
Admitted, it is not always a breeze. For the non-technically minded it can first appear to be a daunting task, whereas actually it is not. Learning your way through Windows Remote Desktop, TeamViewer and the like will open new doors to countless possibilities, and it is hardly more complicated than learning any other piece of software designed for Mr Everybody to use. It is the first step that is the hardest, as always in IT. All in all, each of these methods does not involve more than four to six parameters to know, and no it does not take a degree in computer science. It is actually easier to handle than most of the advanced functions that you could find on your smartphone.
Accessing other computers from your machine and working at them "as if you were there" is one of the obvious current trends in the world of IT. The reasons may be many and various, but the need certainly is there. Just think of how much you would save this way in terms of software licences that you would otherwise have to pay for — sorry
It is reasonable to foresee the trend becoming as common as sending an SMS with a smartphone; in a year or two perhaps.
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