Join.me – The Web Conference Landscape Has Changed
Those of you who know me or have seen me speak are very aware how much I abhor complicated technology. My belief is that technology is supposed to work with us, by making our life easy and effortless. As such, the mere mention of Webex, the most known brand in web conference and online collaboration software, really grinds my gears. Why on earth people are still paying for an inferior tool is beyond me. Online collaboration is serious business and anyone who has spent precious minutes downloading plug-ins, add-ons and software right before a webinar only to realize your computer/operating system/browser is not compatible understands what I’m talking about.
Now imagine you are on the phone and in dire need of having someone see the same screen you are looking at. You launch join.me and tell them to enter the code uniquely generated for you at join.me and boom, from their browser window they see what you see. No matter what their platform or their browser, it just works. You can even request mouse control, call in, chat etc… All of this for free.
To me, the most beautiful part of join.me is the speed at which it works. It takes less than 30 seconds for you to launch the app on your computer, give out the code and have people seeing your screen. And I have never had one issue with the browser or operating system. Whether people are using MAC or PC is even irrelevant. Join.me just works.
On top of that, you can now have people join in from their smartphone and iPad. That’s right. People are on the go and need to see what you are presenting? Get the join.me app and you’re off and running. You can even present directly from your iPad if you use the paid version.
Understand I’m not picking on Webex, as its multi-platform capabilities have much improved. There are worse options out there, and you should reject every single one of those. If technology makes you mad or frustrates you, you can safely bet there is a better solution out there that is smarter and simpler. So don’t settle.