When you need to get access to a remote computer quickly, TeamViewer is a popular solution. The app has long had a solid feature set, but the newly released update has a lot more goodies. And of course, it's still free for personal use.

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Here's the changelog from the new version of the app:

  • Support for external keyboard and mouse
  • Video transmission in real-time
  • Two factor authentication
  • Process customer cases in the service queue

The external input support is really going to make this a viable option for getting things done on a remote system. There is only so much you can do with a touch interface, after all. Two factor authentication may also make TeamViewer a viable option for the security-conscious.

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The Android update is going to be followed up with a desktop program update tomorrow that includes the above features along with file sharing (seems to be different than the app method) and a universal clipboard. You can grab the new Android app right now, though.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Sweeeeeeet. I've been using TeamViewer for years, so I'm always happy to welcome any new features.

  • BaconEater

    Love it!

  • Rob Johnson

    Does it work on Linux and is it better than Splashtop?

    • Cody Revels

      Yes it works on linux.
      On Ubuntu I believe it adds itself to your auto start list but on other distros (I use Arch), you may have to manually set up the daemon to auto start on boot.

    • tekfr33kn

      It works on Ubuntu and Mint. They are still having trouble with the daemon not starting but it's an easy fix. Teamviewer gives a pop-up which tells you what to do in the terminal. However, I've noticed that TV in Linux can see the other remote machines. The other machines can't see my Linux machine. It's listed in the computers but it just won't connect. I emailed TV and they told me that you have to have the program up and running (maybe minimized) before it will make the connection. In Windows, it just runs in the Notification Tray. Linux doesn't work like that. So you have to open TV and leave it running - Just minimize it to the task bar.

    • mustbepbs

      It's better than Splashtop because you don't need to be on the same network to use the free version.

  • cabbiebot

    teamviewer...you...complete me.

  • guest

    Full screen mode ?...

    • tekfr33kn

      That's often dictated by the machine you RDP into. If I'm using my 23" screen to remote into a friend's laptop, TV will max out at the resolution of the laptop and won't let it get any bigger.

  • rmeden

    It's a nice product, but too expensive ($700+ for small business use.). I'm sticking with VNC. (and it's cheaper to upgrade Windows to get remote desktop)

    • Caleb Olson

      Yikes. I didn't realize it was that expensive for commercial use. The free version for personal use works great though.

  • Shoog

    Question on the 2-factor authentication if someone knows: I have TeamViewer 8 on my Dad's Mac to help him with anything beyond basic things. Do you think I will be able to install/authenticate remotely, or will somebody need to be there with him to help?

    • tv guy

      The two factor authentication is only for logging in into the computer&contacts list and can only be activated/deactivated in the TeamViewer Management Console. Its not possible to do a two factor login on a client older than version 9, but you will of course be be able to connect to any TeamViewer client with its TeamViewer-ID and password...

  • veduci

    Please help me. I have galaxy note II and my external mouse is not working in teamviewer. I have last udate 9.0. What i doing wrong? Thanks

  • StockStalker1

    Seems to "support" a mouse and keyboard, but doesn't support native pass through. In other words, you're still having to use the mouse as you would use your fingers to move the remote cursor around.

    • RED

      Teamviewer would be much better with native pass through. I use a Bluetooth mouse with my phone. They are so close to having something amazing here.