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Windows XP Unwired by Wei-Meng Lee

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Chapter 10. Microsoft Smart Display and Remote Desktop

Many people have cordless phones at home and in the office. Instead of using a tethered phone, a cordless phone allows you the freedom to use the phone anywhere in the house, without the constraints of wires. The same concept applies to computing. How often have you dreamed of using your computers anywhere in your home? A notebook computer is one such solution. However, if your primary computer is a desktop system, synchronizing documents created or modified on the notebook with your desktop is always a chore. It would be better to use the same desktop computer but with the mobility to use it anywhere at home—in the garden, garage, or even the washroom!

Microsoft thought of this concept and calls it the Microsoft Smart Display (previously code-named “Mira”). In this chapter, I explain what a Smart Display is and how you can use it together with your Windows XP computer. I also explain Remote Desktop, the underlying service behind the Smart Display, and how you can use it to connect from one computer to another.

What Is the Microsoft Smart Display?

Microsoft defines the Smart Display as a wireless touch-screen monitor that allow you to access your computer from anywhere in your home. Think of it as just your conventional LCD monitor, but with Wi-Fi built in and the ability to write on the screen directly.

On the technical side, a Smart Display uses the Windows CE for Smart Display operating system, a version based on Windows CE ...

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