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Take Control of Screen Sharing in Lion by Glenn Fleishman

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Share via Skype

Skype is best known as a way to make free “phone calls”—actually voice over IP or VoIP calls—between two or more people who each have the software installed on a computer. It also enables video chatting. But Skype is much, much more, as the one-time division of eBay—now owned by Microsoft—has continually added more features.

Screen sharing was tacked on a few years ago, and it’s seen modest improvements over time. You can only push your screen to a buddy for remote viewing, but not offer her control of the screen. This feature works only with people who have agreed to let you have access to them, the definition of a contact in Skype’s parlance.

The standout feature of the Skype software is how it works across networks that otherwise ...

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