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Dell launches remote access service for PCs

by Scott Bicheno on 7 October 2008, 17:15

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Dell has joined the software plus services party by launching a new subscription service that allows people to access their PCs via a web browser from a number of different remote devices.

The concept appears to be similar to Microsoft's Live Mesh and, in keeping with Microsoft and IBM's approach to the era of cloud computing, it also requires some software to be installed on the PC.

The main use for it is remote access of media from the home PC including the ability to share files. We can't see the music industry being too happy about that.

Here's a list of the things you can do with it:

  • Web navigation via a simple browser-based interface: no "extra" software needed; secure access to a home PC through a browser from any PC or smart phone.
  • Secure folder sharing capabilities: share specific folders, like vacation photos, by emailing an encrypted URL to friends and family.
  • Automatic identification of and access to all network devices: Dell Remote Access scans the home network, identifies devices and offers the option to access.
  • Remote desktop control of a Windows PC: Allows users to open and use applications on their home computer, for example, updating a presentation.
  • Ability to view pictures and play media files using native applications: stream music from library to laptop, Mini or smart phone.
  • Upload option to save files to a home folder: helps keep things organized and in one place, like pictures from a cell phone.
  • No storage limitations: users have access to all files; no syncing or extra memory cards required.

You can have a look at it here and, while this is being positioned as a US only launch for now, it's possible for anyone to download the software. If you do have a go, let us know what you think in the


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It'll be interesting to see how this competes with other established services like LogMeIn etc.
I can't see this cutting the cake like Logmein though. It's too well established, and as an avid user of it, I love it.