LogMeIn: Now free on iOS

Summary:The best way to remotely control Macs and Windows systems from the iPad 2 just got better, and free.

I use the iPad 2 for a lot of "real" work, and a big part of that work involves LogMeIn Ignition on the iPad. I regularly use it to remote control either my Mac or a Windows system to work as if in front of that system in my office no matter where I am. Today a new app has been released, LogMeIn, that is free for iOS while providing all of the functionality of the old LogMeIn Ignition app.

The new LogMeIn app is the best way to remotely access systems using the iPad, based on my experience. The touch interface has been optimized to make remote sessions as good as they can be, and this experience is carried on in this new free LogMeIn app.

With this new free app, what about those of us who paid $30 for the older version? The LogMeIn folks are stepping up and doing what is right, as anyone who purchased the app in the past two years are now grandfathered in for free LogMeIn Pro service. While the free LogMeIn service can be used for full remote control and file transfer, the Pro service adds new high-definition audio and video streaming (Mac version in early 2012). Those grandfathered in will not have to pay for the Pro service to get the streaming service.

See also: Top iPad app of the day: LogMeIn Ignition on iPad 2 (on video)

I have been using the new LogMeIn app and it is the smoothest, easiest way to control a remote system using the iPad 2. It turns any Mac or Windows system into a fully touch-optimized interface on the iPad 2. The new free LogMeIn app is available now in the iTunes App Store.

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Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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