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The question says it all.

I don't really understand what benefit there is to Mesh over RDC.

Their feature set seems to be very similar, so I'm not quite sure why MS would produce two sets of software that accomplish the same goal.

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I would suggest you put more into your question. This is not a discussion forum and we encourage users to post more detailed questions. Maybe explain what you understand RDC as being. – BinaryMisfit Oct 15 '10 at 18:40
@Diago RDC as in the default connection protocol that comes with Windows. Juding from Meshes site it didn't look much different, but Wil answered my question perfectly. I don't intend for my question to open up a discussion, it was just a concise question. – Joseph Oct 15 '10 at 18:44
I think you missed my point. Instead of commenting, edit your question and add some more detail. – BinaryMisfit Oct 15 '10 at 18:48
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Simple, in most situations, you won't need to touch your firewall.

Remote Desktop is a full on remote computing solution - Printer and device sharing, Folder sharing, Sound forwarding and a few more... In later versions it can even do high definition streaming!

On the other hand, Mesh is very scaled back - but it does not require any port forwarding or special configuration apart from the initial installation. Then, as long as you have an outgoing internet connection, you can interact with the desktop.

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Very cool. How is the performance compared to RDC? – Joseph Oct 15 '10 at 18:38
@Joseph depends on the internet speed, however, I believe that RDC is faster. – William Hilsum Oct 15 '10 at 18:40
Edited to explain differences a bit better. – William Hilsum Oct 15 '10 at 18:51
IIRC, another difference is that you will need user credentials to log into Remote Desktop, while you get the Welcome Screen when you use the Mesh remote thing. – paradroid Oct 15 '10 at 19:40
Agree with Wil. Live mesh desktop has gotten me out of trouble many times when I need to make an urgent fix, and all I have to work with is an Internet Cafe....;) – JohnnyJP Dec 11 '10 at 11:53

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