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Join.me, the easy-to-use web conferencing app from the folks at LogMeIn, is coming out of beta and will today get a premium “Pro” version. The new edition gets some handy additional functionality: a meeting scheduler, personalized join.me URLs and user management features.

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Join.me, the easy-to-use web conferencing app from the folk s at LogMeIn, is coming out of beta and will today get a premium “Pro” version. The basic free app makes ad hoc collaboration a breeze; setting up a conference is incredibly quick, with no sign-up required. The presenter simply heads to the join.me site and hits the “Share” button to start their conference. The presenter is then given a unique join.me URL that can be sent to everyone invited to participate in the conference.

The new Pro edition is the same as the free version, but gets some handy additional functionality that should be appreciated by business users: a lightweight meeting scheduler, personalized join.me URLs (for example, http://join.me/webworkerdaily), and user management features. It also adds more control over who can come into and out of meetings through a “Lock and Knock” request feature; useful when running back-to-back meetings through the same conference URL.

The client app that’s downloaded to the presenter’s machine works on both Windows and Mac, while participants can join the conference through a Flash-enabled browser. The company says that Join.me viewers will for the iPhone, iPad and Android are in the works, too.

The new Pro edition costs $29 per month or $299 per year, while the basic app remains free.

Let us know what you think of Join.me in the comments.

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  1. I was nodding along until I got to the end, and then I nearly spit my coffee at the screen. $30/month is too expensive for what is basically a one-trick-pony with some bells & whistles.

    Once you start getting in the SMB space there are so many tools that perform the same or similar functionality that this doesn’t stand out. It’s purely for demos, no collaboration. I was hoping, given that LogMeIn has its own business products already, that they would come out with a Consumer+ version and target towards the freelancer who needs something quick & easy for maybe $10-15/month tops.

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  2. I agree with Judi – astonishing pricing! Had I been drinking coffee at the time I read $30/month I’d have almost certainly spit it too!

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  3. Agreed. It’s great there is completely free version but $30 per month is way off. I don’t think they will get many pro subscriptions if I’m honest!

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  4. YankeeClipper2010 Monday, October 25, 2010

    What do you folks expect from LogMeIn? Their products are considered to be the most expensive in the remote access/support/meeting segments. There are several alternative vendors oriented towards SMBs, and I personally recommend Techinline (www.techinline.com). It’s for 1-on-1 sessions, and fully brandable (in other words you can eliminate any mention of this product upon connecting to clients)

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  5. I have virtually every logmein product ie pro2, hamachi, rescue and I find they are awesome values…but I must agree that $29.00 monthly is straight ridiculous for a darn screen share with invitation email, personal link, and multiple presenters. I bet they will justify that price for having that multiple presenter feature on the pro version where it seems you could have a named link per presenter @ no additional cost to the host account.

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