New Join.Me App Makes Webinars Mobile

Webinars have made the jump from your computer to your phone, allowing you to attend meetings from anywhere. But join.me provides more than just webinar attendance. This new app, from the makers of LogMeIn, is optimized for the iPhone and iPad, but it also works on Windows and Mac operating systems.

Users need only download the app, either by navigating to it via the App Store on their devices or visiting join.me. Once you’ve created an account, you can choose to share your screen or view someone else’s screen by inputting their information. Choose the latter, and you’ll be able to view everything on the other person’s screen. Choose the former, and you can share whatever presentations, screen shots, or documents you have on your computer.

Amazingly, join.me allows up to 250 viewers at one time. For large corporations, this could have a massive positive impact. Don’t worry if you aren’t in the same building. Anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world can view your screen using this app. You can choose to let someone take over your screen, as well, which opens up new ways to provide remote technical support. This may be one app your IT unit will love.

If you’re concerned about privacy, don’t worry. With join.me, you can pick and choose which items you want to share with the group. If you have multiple monitors, you can choose which monitor to share with the group and which to keep private.

Join.me’s chat feature allows you to chat with one participant at a time or all participants at once. You can also send files using the app, allowing you to share information on the spot, while it’s still fresh on your mind.

For users who choose to go pro, join.me Pro allows members to change presenters during the presentation. This can let your president begin the meeting from his house, handing the baton over to the vice president in your cozy office, without participants having to do a thing. join.me Pro also allows you to schedule meetings in a calendar that syncs with Outlook and iCal.

Unlike Google+ Hangouts, which allows users to video chat with other users, join.me is geared more toward businesses, whereas Google+Hangouts is marketed to young groups of friends gathering to chat. But join.me isn’t only a tool for holding meetings. Imagine being able to show your boss the progress of your presentation while he or she is waiting for a flight at the airport, or is out of the country on business.

For technical support, this software could be a lifesaver. Small businesses have been using TeamViewer and Yuuguu for a while, but many complain the software appears to delve too deeply into individuals’ operating systems. Join.me gets high marks for installing itself only for the duration of the session.

If your business is looking for a way to easily share documents and presentations between co-workers, join.me may be just the tool you’re looking for. Since the service is free, you can try it out without entering credit card information or worrying about it locking up after a short trial period.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

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