By now, we’ve all heard of the “virtual desktop,” where one day we all may be logging into a remote server where all of our software applications, files, and even our operating system may reside. But most of us assume this technology is a faraway reality.
However, customers are clamoring for the ability to get to files from any device. Unfortunately, even with all of the advancements in Cloud-based computing, apps are required to run the files users have stored in the Cloud. What customers need is to use the device as a mere mechanism to get the user to the operating system and all it contains.What customers need is for someone to begin offering this as an option.
LogMeIn is ahead of its time. The company is offering members the ability to access your files and software from anywhere you have an Internet connection. It’s not quite a virtual desktop…it’s remote access. All you have to do is leave your device on and you can get to it while you’re on the road.
Here are a few possible scenarios where LogMeIn can help:
- You’re in an important meeting and a subject comes up that requires a file that resides on your work PC. As long as you left your PC on at the office, all you have to do is find an Internet-connected device to get to the file and print it out or share it with a user at that location.
- You’re on vacation with only your smartphone and you get a call from a client that requires a file on your work PC. Just login to your work PC from your phone and e-mail the file to the customer or read over it to find the information you need to relay.
- You’re at a family member’s house and he or she wants the pictures from last Christmas. You can not only login to your PC to get them, you can save them to the person’s computer in just minutes.
For a small business with limited technical support, LogMeIn Pro can be a great way to grant an outside I.T. contractor access to your computers for managed support. If you do your own technical support, you can manage your office’s computers from home or while on the road, which can be a plus if you have a technologically-challenged staff member or two.
For many people LogMeIn’s free version will suffice. If you looking for access to more computers, the Pro version may be for you and you can try it out using the site’s 30-day free trial. After the trial ends, you’ll have the choice to either return to the free version or pay $69.95 per year for one computer, $49.90 per computer per year for up to five computers, or a reduced per-computer rate for up to ten or up to 25 computers.
LogMeIn isn’t the only player in the remote access game, however. You can also try GoToMyPC, which has a free 30 day trial and then plans starting at $9.99/mo. CrossLoop is another option, with a free version for single computer access and a two computer subscription for $19.50/year.
While Cloud-based file storage is available from a variety of services, LogMeIn lets you access your entire computer from anywhere, which is the first step toward having everything in the Cloud.