Screen sharing is basically the same as screen mirroring, except it generally refers to mirroring your screen on another person’s display, whether a laptop, desktop, or mobile device. Screen sharing can be done remotely, and it requires that both the sender and receiver have the same software or compatible systems.

With screen sharing in this sense, the mirrored screen is generally contained with an application window rather than taking over the entire external display. Screen sharing has become an important part of the workplace — with the rise of remote work and businesses operating internationally, it’s become commonplace to collaborate wirelessly, logging into meetings and working together on a project without being in the same room.

Screen sharing isn’t limited to just mirroring a display across multiple remote locations. Many software and hardware solutions allow a meeting to take place in one location and have remote workers sign in to view — and interact with — the shared screen.