LogMeIn and the impending death of browser plugins

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Update 12/23/2013: When starting a remote session, Firefox might display a “Launch Application” dialog. Please simply enable “Remember my choice for logmein links”, and click on “OK”, without starting to browse for an application with the “Choose…” button. The entry selected by default (“LogMeIn Client Application” or “Launch LogMeIn Client”) should simply work.

Update 12/19/2013: We have updated the Windows LogMeIn Client to version 1.0.0.158 which will solve many of the problems you might have experienced. Users initiating a new RC/FM session will automatically update to the new app.

ending of browser plugins

Starting this week, the way you use LogMeIn to remotely access remote computers from a browser is going to change. Don’t worry, we’ve worked hard to maintain the same quick, easy, and robust experience you’ve come to trust and hopefully enjoy. But ‘how’ we do it is changing, and we just wanted to take a minute to explain what’s changing, why it’s changing, and yes, why this new approach should provide an even better experience for you.

The end of browser plugins 

The dawn of the new era is upon us: browser plugins are soon to be a thing of the past. Many modern browsers have ditched browser plugins completely. iOS and Android led the way, and now Windows 8 “Modern UI” Internet Explorer has also said goodbye to plugin support. OS X’s Safari 6.1 and above enabled click-to-run mode for plugins in October. Firefox will follow in December, and Chrome joins the party in January – their plan is to go even further, and completely remove plugin support by the end of 2014.

So what does this have to do with LogMeIn and your remote access experience?  At LogMeIn, we’ve long utilized plugins to offer a rich set of remote access functionality – plugins offered an elegant means of overcoming the web’s limitations and enrich the browser-based user experience. So we’ve been watching this march towards a plugin-free world and actively exploring the best ways to deliver the same great experience on which you’ve come to love.

Introducing the new, plugin-free LogMeIn

As we started to devise our solution for new age, it quickly became clear that native, operating system level applications offered the best experience. So starting with our next major LogMeIn host release – initially rolled out today — users of Safari 6.1, Firefox 26, Chrome 32 and above won’t see any more plugin installation prompts. Instead, when they first make a remote control or file manager connection in the browser, they will be prompted to download a small support file (.exe file on PC, .zip file on Mac). The LogMeIn Client executable automatically opens a new window and displays the remote control or file manager screen folks know and love. In fact, if you have ever used our online meeting product, join.me, it’s almost an identical experience.

The only difference from an experience standpoint is that your remote access session will be in a new window, not in the browser, itself. And that itself introduces some new benefits, the biggest being that you can now have multiple remote access sessions going at the same time – a perfect solutions for IT pros looking to multi-task management and troubleshooting activities across multiple computers.

The new experience will be gradually rolled out in the coming days and weeks, and you can get a sneak peek at how it works in this video.

So welcome to the new post plugin era. We hope you’ll like our new remote access experience as much as we do. And as always, we’re very interested in your feedback.

         

We’re Ready for Windows 8.1 and IE11

WINDOWS HOST UPDATE VERSION 4.1.3426 AND PLUGIN UPDATE VERSION 1.00.1055

windows 8.1

New features include:

Support for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 (IE11)

  • Launch remote control in any supported browser on a computer running Windows 8.1
  • Launch remote control in IE11 running on any supported Windows OS
  • From any client, control any host computer running Windows 8.1
  • Note: Windows RT is not supported

Enhancements

  • Cryptographic protocol enhancements

Host Fixes

  • Improved handling of the number lock key when using the “Use Legacy LogMeIn Mapping” option during remote control
  • Improved Wake On LAN capabilities when waking Windows hosts

Plugin Fixes

  • Improved color reproduction during remote control
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in failure when attempting to connect a drive during remote control