While a valuable feature that’s included in almost every video conferencing platform – including Roundee – screen sharing is not as widely used by staff outside technical fields as video calls. There are a multitude of potential explanations for this, but the upshot is that it’s highly likely that your organisation is not making maximum use of its technology.
Screen sharing has the potential to let your staff communicate clearer and more directly than ever before. Ideal for technical problems, it allows team-members to ‘show, not tell’ what their issues are, side-stepping issues of miscommunication that commonly stem from verbal explanations, emailed screenshots and text descriptions of problems,
While a video call is exceptional at helping two people speak face to face at great distance, screen sharing allows deeper collaboration, as each participant is fully engrossed in the task at hand. Having the same perspective on an issue allows employees to work closer together on a problem as if they were both at the same desk. Coupled with voice communication, it’s the perfect way to work through issues in a spreadsheet, block of code or program.
How it works
Screen sharing is nearly identical to a video call, except instead of sending video input from a camera pointed at the user, the video conferencing software instead just sends a live capture of whatever’s on screen. No camera is even required for a screen sharing arrangement, as all the capturing is done internally.
Beyond this point, a screen sharing system works identically to any video conference, in that the data capture form the screen is then encoded and sent as packets to the remote computer, which then decodes these packets into a visual representation of your screen. Once connected through the right software, other participants in the call will be able to see exactly what you see on your screen without having to install any of the programs you’re running.
Use cases for screen sharing
Screen sharing has innumerable potential uses cases. From enabling pair programming at a distance to allowing closer scrutiny of key financial and strategy documents by management staff at geographically disparate offices, there are nearly infinite ways to employ screen sharing in your office.
Employees can even deliver presentations at great distance, providing a live voice over as they walk an audience through the latest build of a piece of software or draft of a document.
Roundee incorporates screen-sharing features into its industry-leading feature-offering, empower teams to work closely together, no matter how far apart they are. Backed by state-of-the-art encryption and built on an intelligently-designed and highly reliable backend, Roundee delivers the capabilities you need to get the job done, wherever you are.
If you’re looking to add another tool to your remote working toolbelt, consider providing you team-members with a refresher on the screen sharing features of Roundee. Host your next meeting and show your staff how they can better collaborate today.