A. With Windows XP, Microsoft introduced a feature called Remote Desktop that lets you take control of a remote XP machine from any Windows desktop running the Remote Desktop Connection software. A freeware alternative known as VNC has cross-platform capability and is available at http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc . The Web site provides information and clients for the following platforms:
- Dec Alpha OSF1
- Windows CE
The software uses very few resources and consists of a server process that you install to run as a service in Windows. After the process is running, you can use the VNC client from any platform to take control of your machine.