New Alternative to GoToMeeting: Join.Me - InformationWeek
Government // Enterprise Architecture
12:46 PM
Connect Directly

New Alternative to GoToMeeting: Join.Me

Makers of LogMeIn enhance their service for instant online meetings, offer inexpensive, simple screensharing option.

11 iPad Apps For Better Collaboration
Slideshow: 11 iPad Apps For Better Collaboration
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
The ultra-simple screen sharing service is picking up a few new features--but not too many. is a product from LogMeIn, which competes with the division of Citrix that offers GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, GoToAssist, and other remote access products.

Until was introduced, LogMeIn was focused more on the IT support and management applications of remote access and didn't really have a product comparable to GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar.

"When we decided we wanted to get into screensharing and online conferencing, we knew we needed to create something far lighter and easier to use than any other product," Kevin Bardos, VP of collaboration technologies for LogMeIn, said in an interview. "The central concept is it's ultra-simple easy to use, and very quick to get started, not overburdened with features."

[Software upgrades can wreak havoc with ingrained work routines. Read one community manager's experience adjusting to the new Jive 5 collaboration platform in My First Eight Days With Jive's New Platform.] makes it particularly easy to go to their website and start a screensharing session immediately, without even the need to set up an account. Users can enter a code to enter a meeting right from the home page. Even in the free version, online meetings can include up to 250 participants and it supports iPhone, iPad, and Android clients as well as Web access. The $19 per month pro version includes some additional features valued by professional presenters, such as a personalized invitation link (in the format, advanced scheduling of online meetings, and the ability to "lock" private invite-only meetings.

With the latest update, the pro version also provides the ability to swap presenters in midsession and a desktop client for launching collaboration sessions faster.

In both editions, online sessions can include chat, file transfer, and even remote desktop access.

"The remote control experience you would get with is not what you'd experience with LogMeIn Rescue, which is a pure support product," Bardos said. On the other hand, it works fine for the IT savvy user trying to help an IT-clueless friend or relative debug a PC problem long distance, he said.

LogMeIn makes no money from the free version of, not even from advertising, Bardos said. "The strategy is to build up a large base of loyal users and get the brand out there," he said. LogMeIn has experience with the "freemium" business model where a free version of software serves as a teaser for a fee-based one, which is also how it sells LogMeIn Pro, he said. "So this is not our first time doing this."

Above all, LogMeIn wants to people to feel free to start online meetings spontaneously by making it simple, Bardos said.

The Virtual Cloud Connect Conference event will tackle the issue of reliability. Join us Sept. 29 for a look at the techniques that can turn unreliable cloud platforms into rock-solid applications. Find out more and sign up.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Apprentice
11/14/2014 | 5:53:09 AM
Gotomeeting alternative
In addition to Gotomeeting and, you may even consider using a RHUB web conferencing server for all your online meeting needs.

How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll