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April 6, 2005

New software sends PC desktops to mobiles

ZZZ Software, a developer of wireless connectivity software for mobile systems, announced the release of version 1.0 of Remote Desktop for Mobiles.

By CBR Staff Writer

Designed for the Windows platform, the company said it allows the user to operate PC-based applications, folders, and files remotely through a GSM phone. Regardless of location, users are able to connect to their home or office computer and edit a document in Microsoft Word, send an email, browse the web, or find a contact in the Outlook address book.

The company said the software is compatible with a range of GSM or GPRS phones as well as the Research in Motion BlackBerry device.

The software consists of server and client modules. The server uses the TCP/IP protocol to communicate with the phone-based client; it transmits the desktop view to a phone display, and executes mouse and keyboard commands received from the client.

The company says its functionality helps to overcome the problem of the mobile phone display being much smaller than a computer desktop – with a zoom-in/out option, the client enables the user to view any fragment or the whole desktop of the remote PC on their phone display, and perform operations with it.

There are still issues, of course. For instance a mobile phone doesn’t have a mouse, so the client software needs to offer a navigation menu to handle the most common commands. Common commands are stored in an address book so that they can be repeated with one key-stroke.

Secure data transfer between the client and the server is based on a 3DES encryption algorithm. By generating random encryption keys for opening a new session, the program eliminates the risk of unauthorized access, according to ZZZ Software.

Remote Desktop for Mobiles is compatible with Windows 98/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP and costs $29.99 for a single user license.

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