If you are a user of the free version of LogMeIn you may have received an email today informing you that the free version of this product has been discontinued, immediately. Even if you didn't get the email, logging in to the service will display the warning below. For the more technically inclined this may be meaningless or a great excuse to finally set up SSH on a Linux box. For those relatives who purchased a decent version of Windows, Remote Desktop Connection is also a reasonable choice, assuming you can set up a user on that machine and properly configure your network to allow RDP to connect successfully.
However as the commentators on Slashdot are quick to mention this won't help you with old aunt Bessie who lives on the other side of the country. You can't get to her machine to configure the proper settings nor is she going to be willing to have to interact with the machine in order to allow you to connect any more than she has in the past. In some cases join.me will suffice for now, keep in mind it is also a free service from LogMeIn and could also disappear without warning at any time if today's move is any indication of their plans. Alternatives such as TeamViewer and Crossloop may be able to fill in for LogMeIn in those situations; have you had any experience with those solutions or have other suggestions for remote assistance of those less technically inclined friends and relatives we all have in abundance?
"The remote desktop service LogMeIn sent an email to its users today notifying them that 'LogMeIn Free' will be discontinued — as of today. This is a major shock with minimal warning to the millions of users who have come to rely on their service, made all the more surprising by the fact that 'consensus revenue estimates for LogMeIn in 2014 are $190.3 million,' suggesting that their system of providing both free and paid accounts for what is ultimately a straightforward service that could be duplicated for well under $1 million was already doing quite well."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- How to Move Files Using Linux Commands or File Managers @ Linux.com
- Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise @ The Inquirer
- Cooler Master Goes Apples at 2014 CES, Gets HAF Stacked @ Benchmark Reviews
- InWin 901: A Story of Tempered Glass @ Benchmark Reviews
- 4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly? @ The Register
- iPhone 6 rumours, price and release date @ The Inquirer