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Go ahead and Jump!

By: 4 May 2013 2 Comments

Go Ahead and Jump!There are, to be sure, a lot of applications out there that will let you log into a computer remotely and control it like you are sitting in front of it.

I’ll not get into which ones are great and which ones are not because, frankly, I don’t care. I’m only interested in getting something that works and the Jump Desktop works very well. It is available for Microsoft Windows (but, really, what isn’t?) Apple Mac OS and the most popular mobile operating systems on the planet — Apple iOS and Google’s Android. A new development in the Jump world is that the developers claim it now supports the touch functions on Windows 8 when you’re logging in with a touch-enabled device. Does it work? I have no idea — I’m still happy with Windows 7 and have little experience with 8.

In addition to the fact Jump is available for a lot of devices, it’s very easy to configure. In fact, you can be up and running in just a few minutes. All you need is a Google Gmail address and a copy of Jump Desktop running on every device you want to use with the application. Jump is free for Desktop computers, but the full mobile app costs a few bucks (there is a free version for Android and you might get lucky and pick up the full app for no money if you hit a promotion).

At any rate, setting up the application is very easy. In my case, I installed it on my desktop at once, gave it my Gmail address. The next step was to download the app to my Android tablet and — again — give it my Gmail address. That was pretty much it. If I want to access my work desktop, I have to leave Jump running in the background or I can’t log in remotely from my tablet. Bear in mind that you can log in remotely with another computer and that method allows for easier control.

When I log onto my work computer from my tablet, I’ve got full access to everything and that can be handy if I need to look up an email address, grab a file or do anything else that would be impossible without access to the desktop. Of course, some patience is necessary — there is a lag when I’m connected to my work computer through the Internet — but the system is effective, easy to set up and great for those emergencies that pop up from time to time.

The only real complaint I have about Jump is one that people will come across often in a business setting — when I access the PC through Jump, I’m logged out as a user on the desktop and have to log in again when I’m back in the office. That is a very minor complaint, but it’s an odd one that I don’t quite understand. I’ve used remote access programs before and a logout hasn’t been necessary.

Regardless, Jump is a very convenient app to have from time to time. You can read all about it on the Jump Desktop Internet site. Support is there, too, for people who find that the “simple” installation just doesn’t work for them (yes, that happens far too often).

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