Another day of WES2009, another day of BlackBerry news. This morning brings an announcement from LogMeIn, makers of the remote desktop access software of the same name. For those unfamiliar with the concept, LogMeIn allows you to control a Windows or Mac computer from another terminal across the internet. Previously, the term “terminal” here was limited to meaning any PC or system with an up-to-snuff browser. As of December, the launch of LogMeIn Ignition expanded it to include the iPhone. This morning, LogMeIn is announcing that they'll soon be throwing the BlackBerry Storm into the mix as well.
The application isn't ready to go just yet, but they've got an alpha release of it on display on the WES2009 showroom floor. Pricing info has not be disclosed thus far, but I'd imagine that it'll go for something around the same price as the iPhone release: thirty bucks.
The notable features:
- No firewall configuration necessary: This is LogMeIn's primary strength over VNC and other widely available solutions – it's dead simple, even for the technically useless. No router configuration is necessary, nor do you need a static IP.
- Touch Screen Navigation/Keyboard: Zoom In/Out and pan around with the touchscreen, with full onscreen keyboard support
- 256-bit SSL encryption
- “My Computers” list: No remembering IPs – just tap to log in.
We haven't had the opportunity to check out the new Storm app yet, but I can't say I've had the best of luck with the iPhone version. I run a dual monitor set up, which LogMeIn supports. Unfortunately, one of my monitors runs at a fairly high resolution. Unless I unplug that monitor first, LogMeIn Ignition curls up and starts to cry as soon as I connect, claiming limited memory as the blame. Oh well – hopefully such setups fair a bit better on the Storm.
The LogMeIn alpha is currently private, but folks interested in getting beta access can check out http://www.LogMeIn.com/StormPreview.