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Software for controlling a computer remotely via another device that's connected through a network or the Internet. Remote desktop software enables the user to see and control a connected PC as though they are sitting directly in front of it.

Remote access and desktop control software options include Windows-based applications such as Citrix Systems' GoToMyPC, LogMeIn, Symantec pcAnywhere and RealVNC, and Macintosh-based software like Apple Remote Desktop and Timbuktu.

Newer versions of Windows also offer built-in remote desktop capabilities via the Remote Desktop Connection feature, which utilizes Microsoft's proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

See Also remote desktop.

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