Just like weening off drugs, users of free internet products go through a sense of withdrawal when a previously free software puts up a paywall. The reaction has been no different for LogMeIn users, who’ve been tweeting non-stop on how the company’s free Remote Access service where users can log into desktops remotely from their tablets decided to log everyone out. Here are five things you need to know about the company’s decision:
1. All Services Will be Provided in a Bundle Package
LogMeIn has been providing free service for 10 years, but as of today the free products they offer will have a dsingle paywall for all products. “We will be unifying our portfolio of free and premium remote access products into a single offering,” said the website’s blog. This product will be a paid-only offering, and it will offer what we believe to be the best premium desktop, cloud and mobile access experience available on the market today.”
2. There Will be a Seven Day Grace Period for Users
Those who logged into their account today were notified that from here on out, they will have seven days to pay for their service, which costs $49 a year for two computers, according to the site’s FAQ.
3. Expect Twittersphere Anger
— iBen (@BenMyatt74) January 22, 2014
With every free service going down, twitter rants go up. Here are a few gems as of this morning:
disgusting treatment by #logmein you should be ashamed of yourselves. perfect example of how to lose 10 years of goodwill.
— jeremy (@jezff1) January 22, 2014
— Tony (@PepitoVFR) January 22, 2014
— Gil Francisco III (@iamg3) January 21, 2014
4. Competitors Will Amass New Customer Base
— NoMachine (@NXFollowers) January 22, 2014
While Log Me In may be able to keep some of their current usersz who don’t want the hassle of navigating new software, internet savvy LogMeIn users are a brand new market for other free competitors.
5. But There are Plenty of Options
Services like Splashtop, Teamviewer and Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Application all are viable options outside LogMeIn, but some aren’t free.