PCMobilizr software brings PC desktop to mobile devices

iamge_pcmobvert.jpgRove Mobile today announced its PCMobilizr desktop software that gives full virtual access on most Windows Mobile and BlackBerry (8xxx series recommended) smart phones. We gave it a quick hands-on to see just how much control we had over our computer, while on the road with our BlackBerry 8130. Rove claims all connections are encrypted with a 256-bit SSL encryption, so that all data flowing to your phone is secured. You also won’t need to configure any corporate or household firewalls to work with the client. Installation was painless and we had the client installed on both our computer and our handset in a matter of minutes. To do this, you’ll need to register for an account with Rove at PCMobilizr.com, and while there’s currently a trial version, the full copy will cost $9.50 a month. Once you’re registered, you’ll receive an e-mail link with the mobile download address. You’ll also need to install the Windows XP/Vista client on your desktop. OS X is not yet supported. After we logged in on both our PC and our phone, we were able to see both of our monitors on the phone’s screen—albeit incredibly tiny versions. Zooming in, however, we were able to pan across both of our desktop’s displays quite easy. While there are some artifacts from scrolling too quickly, the software quickly rights itself so that you can see your desktop’s open applications. image_pcmob.jpgWe opened the start menu and tried to edit a Word file. At our desk, we could see that there was a bit of a delay, and on the phone, you’ll need to wait a second or two between each selection until it registers. We were able to open a Word document in about thirty-seconds, and print it to our desktop computer. PCMobilizr offers full control over the desktop, so we could even see and attempt to chat with coworkers over Google Talk. Although when we tried the first time, we had an error: “java.lang.NegativeArraySize exception” that only appeared on our mobile client. Overall the experience is quite awesome, and we were glad to be able to quickly print and edit documents left on our desktop computer. On the other hand, the software is still a bit slow, and there are certainly some bugs that need to be fixed. If you’re constantly forgetting docs at work, though, it’s a good backup option to have installed on your mobile device.

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