One of the big names in remote desktop software has announced it will no longer offer a free option. Starting January 21st, 2014, if you want to use LogMeIn to log into a remote computer, remotely control it, retrieve files, or perform other actions, you’ll need to pony up some cash for a paid account.
LogMeIn Pro accounts start at $49 per year for now. That price represents a half-off discount for existing customers. Or you could use one of the many other remote desktop options available.
I’ve been using LogMeIn’s free service for years because it’s easy to set up and I don’t actually need to use remote desktop software often enough to pay for it.
Here are a few of the alternatives I plan to try out over the next few weeks. They’re all either free or offer free options:
Update: Another one bites the dust. Crossloop has shut down.
On the other hand, if you do decide to pay for a LogMeIn Pro account, you get access to some of the company’s more advanced features including file transfer, remote transfer, and support for mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Existing users of LogMeIn’s free service will have 7 days after their next login to decide whether to upgrade to a paid account.