3 Best Of The Best Remote Desktop Access Software That Are Free

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There was a time when I (and probably you) struggled with Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop software on a Windows PC to remotely access someone else’s computer. It was a terrible experience and never worked for me as it involved quite a few network settings and protocols — which I still don’t understand much.

And there were few free and premium remote desktop connection managers like LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, etc. at that time. But I was least interested in trying those remote desktop connection managers as it was of no use to me.

Then, with the advent of the smartphone era, I tried remote desktop apps for mobile like Splashtop, PocketCloud, LogMeIn, Join.me, and TeamViewer, etc. and almost all of them failed to impress me. It was simply not the kind of productivity apps that I wanted or even care about.

My impression completely changed when Microsoft and Google introduced their own Remote Desktop apps for web and mobile a couple of years back. The good thing is… both works perfect and is free without any restriction.

So here is a quick review (plus comparison) of the 3 (and only 3) best remote desktop access software that are free.

1. Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a Google Chrome app that lets you access all your computer(s) from another computer or from your mobile device(s). It can be used for a variety of purposes like to access your own computer from a remote location or to provide (or get) remote support or to securely access your files or software applications on your computer from a mobile device, and so on.

What I really like about Chrome Remote Desktop is that it’s linked to your Google account. So there’s no such thing as an extra user id or special codes to access your computer from another device of yours. And the installation and setup is pretty simple. All you need to do is install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on all your devices (computers, tablets, mobiles) and you’re good to go. [Read more…]

iCloud Email Address: One Productivity Tip You Probably Didn’t Know (Plus 3 Things About Gmail, Outlook.com, & Yahoo Mail)

Apple Cloud

I never blogged much about iCloud Mail or Yahoo Mail as I never find it useful or interesting — except the disposable addresses in Yahoo Mail.

A disposable address lets you create up to 500 temporary email address within Yahoo Mail. You can create a disposable address any time and delete it after use. It’s a good thing if you don’t want to reveal your “real” email address to anyone.

It’s a feature that is really missing in Gmail or Outlook.com but both Gmail and Outlook.com support sub-addressing though it’s not as useful as disposable addresses. Anyway, I didn’t want to switch to Yahoo Mail only to get that feature.

But a few days back I realized that an iCloud email address (@icloud.com) is also useful — and interesting — as it supports both sub-addressing and disposable addresses (sort of). [Read more…]

Microsoft iPhone. Microsoft iPad. Microsoft Android.

Microsoft iOS Apps

No, no, no. Microsoft is not going to launch a mobile device powered by iOS or Android. You bet! Over the past few months/years Microsoft has released a bunch of apps for the iOS platform (and Android too). And they’re not stopping there as they continue launching new apps.

Microsoft’s commitment to the iOS platform is very much evident from their recent acquisitions. Last December they acquired one of the most popular email app for iOS —  Acompli. And in less than two months they rebranded it as Outlook for iOS.

Read: Over 25 Email Apps (Free & Premium) For Your iPhone And iPad

It was just a beginning. Later they acquired my favorite productivity app for iOS — the Sunrise Calendar (Hey, it’s not just a calendar but much more than that.). And then a few weeks back they acquired Wunderlist — again one of the most popular to-do list app.

It’s clearly visible that Microsoft want to become the best mobile productivity apps maker. I have recently noticed that a good percentage of apps I personally use on my phone is now made by Microsoft.

Microsoft Inside

So here’s a list of Microsoft apps on the iOS platform — and Android too — for (almost) anyone and everyone. I haven’t included each and every app made by Microsoft. For instance, they have made a lot of business apps and games but I haven’t listed any of them as I wanted to focus on apps that are for everyone (and many of them are my personal favorites too).

Also, most of the apps that I’ve mentioned here are also available on the Android platform as well. So I’ve linked to it wherever it’s applicable. [Read more…]

11 Reasons Why I Love Dropbox — And You Should Too

Dropbox

Dropbox was never my favorite cloud storage service. In fact, I never even used it until 2013. My preferred cloud storage services were SkyDrive (now known as OneDrive) and Google Drive. I have always prefered everything Microsoft/Google as I didn’t want to depend upon different companies for different products. My mistake!

Don’t Miss: OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. Everything Else

Back then, I relied a lot on Google — Gmail (for email), Google Calendar (for calendar), Google Notebook (for note-taking), Google Tasks (for task management), Google Drive (for cloud storage), and Google Reader (for news reading).

And, one fine day, I realized that it’s not a good idea to rely on only one brand for “all things”. How? Because Google discontinued Google Notebook and Google Reader (R.I.P.). And Google Tasks too is on the verge of discontinuation as they are no longer updating that service. In fact, they discontinued a lot of nice Google products.

Today, I don’t care about how many brands I’m relying on. Instead, I just try to make sure that they offer the best product in their category. So, I replaced Google Calendar with Sunrise, Google Notebook with Evernote, Google Tasks with Todoist, Google Drive with Dropbox, and Google Reader with Feedly.

Read: My Favorite Internet Tools, Software & Apps

All the above companies excel at what they are doing — because it’s their bread and butter. Today, I just wanted to share with you 11 reasons why I love Dropbox. [Read more…]

Microsoft OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. Amazon Cloud Drive vs. Box vs. Mega vs. iCloud Drive [Comparison]

OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. Amazon Cloud Drive vs. Box vs. Mega

If you’re an active internet user, it’s more likely that you’re using a cloud storage service (or an online backup service). If you’re not using it already, then sooner or later you’re going to need it. A cloud storage service can be useful to you in several ways. For instance, it can save the disk space on your PC if you store your photos and videos online. Also, it can be used as a backup service so that your files are all safe in the cloud even if your computer hard drive crashes. And yeah, today cloud storage service has become increasingly popular because of their cross-platform support. It means that you can upload your documents from your PC to the cloud and can instantly access it via your mobile.

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Bye-bye Windows Live Writer, Hello WordPress Editor! After 7 Years…

I’m a huge fan of Windows Live Writer and it  has been my favorite blog publishing tool since 2007. In fact, all my blog posts over the past 7 years on this blog were written using Windows Live Writer except this one. This is the first ever blog post of mine written by using ONLY default WordPress Visual/Text Editor.

Windows Live Writer vs. WordPress Editor

The user interface of Windows Live Writer is the primary reason I (and probably everyone else) loved it. Why? Because it’s literally a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. When we add our WordPress (or Blogger.com) account to Live Writer it will analyze our blog’s content and will then download the blog theme (including the stylesheet) so that we can write as if we’re writing using the front-end of the blog.
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Free Bing Ads Coupon Code – Worth Up To $100

Bing

Grow your business with the new Yahoo! Bing Network. Now you can request Bing Ads coupon code for free advertising on the Yahoo! Bing Network. The coupon is applicable to new advertisers only and will be e-mailed to you in three business days with instructions about how to redeem your voucher code. The free credits is available to the residents of U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

Why Bing Ads (formerly Microsoft adCenter)?

  1. With one Bing Ads account you can advertise on the Yahoo! Bing Network.
  2. Access to advertising inventory from Yahoo, Bing, and their partner websites.
  3. Two great search engines (Bing & Yahoo!). One single platform.
  4. See your ads on Yahoo and Bing search engines with one Bing Ads account.
  5. Yahoo Bing Network represents 30% search share in U.S.
  6. Combined audience of nearly 600 million searchers worldwide.
  7. Offers better conversions and traffic quality than Google.
  8. It’s fast, easy, and absolutely free to start your campaign today.

Read: Why You Should Advertise On Bing Ads And Not On Google AdWords

What You Need To Know About Bing Ads Coupon

Bing Ads

Now, you can advertise on the Yahoo! Bing Network for free! Bing Ads is now offering free coupons for the residents of U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Bing advertising coupon for the U.S. & Canada is $50, for UK it’s £50, for France, Germany, Italy and Spain it’s €50, for India it’s Rs. 1,000, for New Zealand it’s $40 NZD, for Australia it’s $40 AUD, and for Brazil it’s R$60.

Your billing address and currency should match the promo code that you’re going to apply (e.g. UK address, UK currency (GBP), UK Coupon Code). You are not allowed to change the currency once the account is created so make sure that the Bing Ads promotion is for the same currency and country you are located in, otherwise it will not work properly since the coupon code is considered as type of currency.

10 Steps To Start Your Bing Ads Campaign

  1. Click the “Sign Up” link below according to your country.
  2. Now “Submit” your contact information to get a coupon code for free search advertising.
  3. Your Bing Ads coupon code will be e-mailed to you in three business days.
  4. Your e-mail will contain a link to sign-up for advertising on Yahoo Bing Network through Bing Ads.
  5. Create your new Bing Ads account by entering the basic info – Name, Address, etc.
  6. Login to your new account and navigate to Bing Ads > Accounts & Billing > Payment Methods.
  7. Now add a valid “Payment Method” to your account in order to redeem the coupon code.
  8. Once you enter a valid payment method, you can redeem the coupon e-mailed to you.
  9. You can enter the coupon code as a “Payment Method” once you have entered the billing details.
  10. Kick-start your search campaigns. – Happy Marketing! :)

Free Bing Advertising Coupon

If you’re from U.S., Sign Up here for credits worth $50.
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Recommended: Free Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising Credits Worth $200

Bing Ads Promo Code Redemption Details

Offer expires on June 30, 2015 and applies to new advertisers only who sign up for a Bing Ads account. There is a minimum bid requirement of $0.05 per click and any portion of Bing Ad credit not used within 90 days from the date you signed up will expire.

Need A Free Google Apps Alternative? Use Gmail As Your Email Hub!

Google Apps

If you’re a blogger, freelancer or an Internet entrepreneur then you need your own custom email address, right? Because sooner or later you’ll feel embarrassed to show your @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, or @aol.com email address to the public. So the usual option is to sign up for a domain name and a web hosting plan and then use an email client like Outlook Express to access email. But that sucks!

And then Microsoft introduced Windows Live Custom Domains back in 2005 and later in 2006 Google introduced Gmail For Your Domain (now known as Google Apps). A free Google Apps account was the perfect solution since we got a Gmail like experience for our custom email accounts. And I was super excited when I was able to host my email in the Google cloud.

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