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Apple ware remotely controls Mac, Linux, Windows

Apple Computer's Remote Desktop 2 lets administrators control client terminals whether they run Mac, Linux or Windows.

Apple Computer announced on Monday network management software that will help administrators remotely control systems running Mac OS X--or the Windows or Linux operating systems.

Remote Desktop 2 has more than 50 new features, the company said.

Those features include the ability to handle desktop management tasks such as installing an operating system or application software, running hardware or software inventory reports or executing commands on one or more Mac terminals remotely.

A screen-sharing feature built into the software will let help desk professionals provide online assistance by remotely monitoring and controlling Virtual Network Computing-enabled computers, even if they run the Windows or Linux OSes.

Remote Desktop 2's remote software installation tools make it possible for software professionals to install software packages immediately or at scheduled dates and times.

The software, available in July through Apple stores, will have a suggested retail price of $299 for managing up to 10 machines and $499 for managing an unlimited number of systems.