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Vista: Windows Collaboration VS Messenger VS Remote Desktop

February 13th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Vista introduces a new application called Windows Collaboration. What is Windows Collaboration?

Windows Collaboration:

Allows you to easily conduct a collaboration session anywhere.  It allows you to stream your screen to other PCs (think “project my laptop screen to these other laptops”) and easily share files (like passing around a USB key, but with out the hassle).

It provides a single user context for doing these activities in an integrated way with groups of people (Many : Many).  Because it is peer-to-peer, it does not require a connection to the internet.  Also, if you have a wireless card, if a “network” is not available, the wireless card will be put in “ad-hoc” mode and essentially a network will be created for you, thus allowing you to do this activity anywhere in the world.


This application is meant to track your online buddies’ presence and allow you to do particular disjoint activities together (i.e: Chat, VoIP, Video Chat, Send a file, etc.).  You must be connected to the internet in order to any of these activities and they are primarily 1:1.

Remote Desktop:

Remote desktop allows you to “remotely log-in” to your machine as if you were sitting in front of it.

Comparing Messenger VS Windows Collaboration:

Some singular activities might be similar, but lack the cohesive and shared membership context.  Messenger allows you to have a buddy list that you can invite into activities.WC allows a set of people who may or may not be your buddy to collaborate.

Remote Desktop VS Windows Collaboration:

Remote desktop is “let me login to my machine”.WC is “Let me project all or a portion of my screen to you, so you can see what I mean”.


With Windows Collaboration, users will be able to better communicate and work in groups, all virtually. I can see students and business users will be using this feature in the coming future. No more 3rd parties groupware, everything can be done natively through Windows Vista.

What do you think about Windows Collaboration? Send us your comments/feedback! 🙂

Posted in Windows Vista | 5 Comments »

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5 Responses

  1. Howard Lo Says:

    Hm, this definitely sounds interesting. How does one grab control of the screen? Is it a shared thing where people click that they want control or is it more of every-user-connected for himself?

  2. Jabez Gan Says:

    Hey Howard,

    The presenter can give control to the viewers, or users can request Control of the presentation. It’s like a lite version of Microsoft Live Meeting.

    Presenters can invite users or users can join a presentation if they have the password for the presentation. 🙂

  3. Patrick S Says:

    Sounds cool, I have never used/tried this solution.

  4. kenny Says:

    Hello, I am posting here because Zack told me to contact you this way so its OT: I need some help about apache servers and he said you know that stuff well. The problem is that I am trying to combine Frontpage extensions on a site with Joomla (mambo) and they both need the .htaccess file to their own.
    FP extensions do not allow you to change anything there, and if you do they are broken. SO I did some searching and found someone who has a solution but its totally over my head. Here is the post:

    this guy means that he adds a file (what type of file I cant understand) in a folder of the apache server. However I asked arround and people who know apache say that that folder does not exist. Some say you have to create it…
    My questions are these: Do you think this will work, and how?

    Can we do this without affecting all the other sites that is on my host server (that are not owned by me of course). The person doing this will be the administrator of the server.. I think that if it wont harm other sites he will add this for me.
    Can you email me with your reply please? Zack didnt want to give me your email, and that is correct since privacy is important. I would do the same.

    Thanks in advance

  5. Jabez Gan [MVP] Says:

    Kenny, Please check your email. 🙂