TAG: Freemium

First Look: Web Whiteboard

Web WhiteBoard Logo

Every day I’m amazed by the kinds of tools people create. Sometimes they’re small free projects, and other times, they’re just tools that solved a specific problem. Thankfully, like me, developers love giving them away for everyone to use.  Today I stumbled across a cool whiteboard tool that lets you collaborate with others for free[1].

DynDNS Killing Free Dynamic DNS Service

Dyn Ending Free Services

Free and freemium services seem to be dropping like flies. Recently Google Apps stopped being free, then in almost a whisper, Microsoft Live Mail stopped offering free mail hosting. Now, in a move I didn’t see coming DynDNS killed it’s free offering a few weeks ago. This is pretty significant because of the usefulness this free service provided to many. Read on for more about this change.

Logmein Delivers Knockout Blow To Its Free Users

logmein_logo1In a rather low-key blog post this morning, Logmein outlined more changes to its free product offering. Chief among those changes is this passage:

“we will be limiting the number of computers a user can access free of charge to 10”

That’s right, Logmein will now limit the number of computers you can access free, to 10. To gain access to more than 10 computers, you’ll need to pay the $199.00 or more for Logmein Central.  This, I feel, will effectively render the free tool useless for anyone other than a home enthusiast or perhaps anyone with a few computers that need remote access. What tends to happen over time is that users upgrade computers and leave older items inside Logmein’s console – this will likely count against your allotment of 10. Don’t expect them to be forgiving about this limit. 

Why Removing “Desktop Shortcut” From Logmein Free Should Concern You

Logmein-ShortLogmein is a great product. Probably the best thing about Logmein is that it provides a basic subset of remote access features for free. In a small environment, you can administer and remotely control a number of computers easily and do it for free. For that reason, this is a wonderful tool and fits the needs for many different scenarios that don’t need to go and buy expensive tools. But, there is a reason why we have never featured Logmein in a “THAT great tool” feature, and it is the considerable dark side to using this tool as your daily remote access solution. The recent news of a free feature removal underscores this the caution that should be taken when buying into a company offering a “Freemium” product.

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