Join.me: Free Web Conferencing

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It seems that LogMeIn’s super-simple web conferencing product LogMeIn Express, which I first wrote about back in November last year, has been rebranded as Join.me. It’s basically still the same product with a few tweaks that make it easier to use and a little more useful.

To start a conference, the presenter goes to the Join.me site and hits the “Share” button. This downloads a small screen sharing app to the presenter’s computer (note: this app is Windows only, so the presenter must be using a Windows machine). Start the app, and the a menu bar appears at the top of the screen, together with a short Join.me conference URL that can be copied to your clipboard ready to send to the conference attendees. There are also some controls: a button for pausing/playing screen sharing; a button that brings up a dedicated conference call number; a button for sending IM-like broadcast messages; a button to change how you are identified to others in the conference; and a button to enable “remote control” mode, where conference attendees can take control of the mouse pointer.

To join your conference, attendees just go to your join.me URL to access the conference through their browser (note: this part of the app works via Flash, so attendees don’t have to be on Windows). The process is a little easier than with the old LogMeIn Express, where attendees had to go to the site and type a code into a box.

As a super-quick conferencing solution, I like it. While it doesn’t have the features and flexibility of full fledged web conferencing apps like Dimdim, it’s free, and there’s no need for either presenter or attendees to sign up for anything. However, the requirement that the presenter must be using Windows is limiting — hopefully that’s something that LogMeIn will work on before the product moves out of beta.

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

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