LogMeIn announced that it will retire LogMeIn Free, a remote access product that has been available for a decade, in January 2014.
The company made the decision to unify its products, paid and free, into a single product that is paid-only.
Host computers of LogMeIn Free will remain accessible for seven days from first login after January 21, 2014 after which they will no longer be available.
To keep remote access, a Pro subscription will be required. Free users will be notified about the changes via email and in-product messages. Pricing details and purchase links are provided on the LogMeIn website, and a subscription must be purchased before LogMeIn can be used again.
Yearly subscription costs are defined by the number of computers that you have access to. Pro for individuals provides access to 2 computer systems for $99 a year, while Pro for small businesses raises the computer systems to 10 for $449 per year.
If you do not want to pay for remote access, then you have only one option, and that is to switch to a free product offered by another company.
Probably the most popular alternative is TeamViewer, which is free for private use. Private use is defined by the company as an activity that is not paid directly or indirectly. So, helping friends or family members is fine, while offering support for software that your company is selling is not.
You can download the application directly on the official website of the service. It can be installed on the host computer, installed so that the computer can be controlled from another one, or run only if that is preferred.
You do need to select whether you intend to use the software for commercial or non.commercial use, or both. You can use the software for free if you select non-commercial use here.
Once installed or run, you are presented with a basic interface that you can use to either control a remote computer -- by filling in the partner ID -- or to allow remote control by informing a partner about this computer's ID and password.
The program is really easy to use and you can start to access other systems remotely in a matter of minutes after starting the download of it from the official website.
TeamViewer is compatible with all major desktop and mobile operating systems: Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
New TeamViewer users may want to check out manuals and first step guides that the company has published on its website. They explain how "things" such as remote controlling another computer, setting up meetings, or using the management console, are done using the application.
Know another alternative for LogMeIn Free? Post it in the comments!
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