LogMeIn drops free service, gives users 7 days to sign up for paid subscription services
The abrupt end to the popular remote access service has annoyed users
Wednesday 22 January 2014
LogMeIn, makers of a free software program that allows remote access to computers, have caused outrage on the internet after giving users just seven days’ notice before they must start paying for the service.
The seven-day grace period starts from the next time users log in to the LogMeIn Free service, asking them to upgrade to LogMeIn Pro.
Annual fees for LogMeIn Pro run to $79 (£50) for two computers and two mobile devices, $199 (£120) for five computers and five mobiles, and $359 (£220) for 10 computers and 10 mobiles.
The Pro service also offers a number of additional features including integration with various cloud services (including Google Drive, Sky Drive and Dropbox) as well as remote printing and the transfer of files between multiple remotely controlled PCs.
The company has been described as one of the ‘pioneers’ of the freemium business model, in which users are offered a stripped-down service for no cost whilst encouraged to upgrade to the paid version.
It’s not clear why the company has decided to change this model (a blog post states only that the company is “unifying [their] portfolio of free and premium remote access products into a single offering”) but non-paying users have vented their annoyance online.
Many cited the lack of advance notice as the most annoying feature, with one irate user telling technology site The Register that the decision was like being forced to “hear the click of the loaded revolver being held to my cranium and pony up for a year's subscription.”
For those users who are just not happy paying for the service many other free alternatives remain, including TeamViewer, RealVNC and Microsoft’s own built-in Windows Remote Desktop Connection.
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
Life & Style blogs
Movie pirate given almost 3 years in prison for filming Fast & Furious 6 in back of cinema
What is ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for beauty pageant
Doctors tell Treasury of their anger at rejection of pay reviews
Exclusive: Tickets for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London are not on ‘sale’
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for beauty pageant
- 2 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: C#.NET VB6 Developer (Software Developer, Softwa...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: SQL Developer (TSQL, S...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Front-End UI/U...