After years and years….
LogMeIn Free is gone. Yes, the most reliable free remote control platform is gone. Lots of people use LogMeIn, from people who occasionally work from home to part-time techies to IT folks who need remote access to the brand-new machine that they haven’t had time to completely set up yet.
The party’s over.
Next time you sign in you’ll see a happy message saying you have seven days to buy LogMeInPro, which features nice extras like file transfer, printer and sound handling, and troubleshooting tools.
Intro pricing looks like 50% off: $49/year for 2 computers, $129/year for 5 computers, and $229/year for 10 machines.
Frankly, I’m not surprised. I knew LMI had been considering removing the free product, and had already curtailed the Free product to 10 computers.
Quick definition: LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, etc are remote control applications. They let you access your computer from another location, without relying on someone to let you in (like join.me, mikogo.com, etc)
There are several other remote control systems out there:
Teamviewer is based on a technology called VNC that we find a bit less reliable than GoToMyPC or LogMeIn.
Windows Small Business Servers and Essentials Server include Remote Web Access, that controls remote desktop access to your computer.
We’re not heavily impacted by this as we generally use a mix of LogMeIn Pro and Citrix GoToAssist for our remote-control needs.
It’s my opinion that it’s generally worth a few bucks to ensure your remote connection will work securely and reliably, so I recommend either Citrix GoToMyPC or biting the bullet and buying LogMeIn. For most people it’s not worth jumping to another free solution that is not as user-friendly or reliable.
Update: According to LogMeIn companies that buy the $300/year LogMeIn Central product will continue to have access to install, manage, and connect to LMI Free clients. This is the most cost-effective way to companies with more than a few computers to keep using LogMeIn long-term.