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TeamViewer 8 FINAL promises “visibly improved” performance, adds new features

03 December 2012, Nick Peers

Less than a month after it debuted the public beta, German developer TeamViewer GBMH has released the first stable version of its cross-platform, free-for-personal-use remote support, presentation and file-sharing tool, TeamViewer 8.0.16447 FINAL.

The latest release combines new features – including multi-touch gestures, Mac Retina displays and the ability to record both sound and video during a remote session – with “visibly improved” performance improvements.

Windows 8 users, who can also launch TeamViewer sessions via a full-screen app in the form of TeamViewer Touch for Windows 8, will find the new build supports many of the new OS’s new features, from full multi-touch support to Windows 8-specific features such as the Charms bar via the tool’s remote control toolbar.

Access all your remote computers - PC and Mac - with the help of TeamViewer 8.

In a similar vein, the OS X build adds support for Retina displays, plus allows users to set up a personalised TeamViewer Quick Support for Mac session via their TeamViewer account.

Version 8 also adds support for scheduling online meetings quickly via a dedicated button in Microsoft Outlook, the ability to record sessions – including sound and video as well as VoIP – and the ability to remotely hear system sounds on the target computer. Those with paid-for licenses can also demonstrate video in real-time during an online presentation. Also added is the ability to print documents locally from a remotely connected machine.

TeamViewer 8 FINAL also debuts a brand new web-based TeamViewer Management Console for administering support teams – this comes with an integrated TeamViewer Web Connector for connecting via the support member’s browser. The new console also supports remote account logout and will automatically log out of the remote system if the connection is closed or interrupted for greater security.

TeamViewer 8.0.16447 FINAL is available now as a free-for-personal-use download for Windows, Mac and Linux. Also available are TeamViewer Touch for Windows 8, plus TeamViewer Remote Control for iPad and iPhone.

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