LogMeIn adds free VoIP to its join.me screen sharing service

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Virtual platform provider LogMeIn (Nasdaq:LOGM) has added VoIP conferencing to its free online screen sharing service, join.me.

The upgrade, which also is free, will allow quick, ad-hoc collaboration from virtually anywhere in the world, the company said. The service can be used from PCs, Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

Users can include a whopping 250 friends, colleagues or customers in a meeting; it requires no registration or additional downloads.

Join.me works on any PC or Mac via a web browser or a desktop app, as well as on the iPhone and iPad via a free app. The new free VoIP features will be added for Android devices in the near future, the company said.

Join.me pro--a monthly subscription service--gives users unlimited domestic and international conference lines, as well as the ability to have sessions that blend the VoIP and the teleconference lines into a single conversation and get on-screen muting and chime controls to better manage participation. 

The company said VoIP has been "one of the most requested features" from users of join.me.

Parent LogMeIn reported better than forecast adjusted fourth quarter earnings and revenue marks last month, but issued a weak outlook for the first quarter. The company said revenue increased 5 percent to $32.3 million from $30.9 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2010, beating analyst expectations of $32.1 million. Michael Simon, president and CEO of LogMeIn, said the company was benefiting from increased consumerization of the space.

In January, LogMeIn acquired Bold Software, a provider of web chat and customer communications software, in what the company said was part of a larger strategy to expand LogMeIn's portfolio of call centers, external help desks and customer service teams. The move strengthens LogMeIn's customer care product portfolio by adding a well-known provider of live chat and click-to-call services. Under the terms of the deal, LogMeIn acquired substantially all of the net assets of Bold Software for total consideration of approximately $16.5 million in cash.

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