You may already be aware of join.me - a simple tool from the makers of LogMeIn that allows you to share your desktop in real-time with other connected PC or laptop users. join.me for Windows 8 brings to Windows 8 PC, laptop and tablet the functionality of viewing join.me sessions via a Metro-style Windows 8 appSee all: Windows app reviews.

You can read more about join.me's great functionality in our Join.me review, but in essence the meeting instigator has to download and install a tiny software program. They then browse to join.me, and click 'Share'. This generates a nine-digit code, which they send to any intended viewers of their screen. They in turn simply browse to join.me/xxx-xxx-xxx, and can immediately see the host's PC desktop in their browser Window. Screen sharers can then IM or chat. With the pro version of join.me the host can even give control of their PC to the viewer. (See also: Windows 8: the complete guide.)

It's a really useful tool for when you want to explain how to do something by showing it rather than trying to explain. You can even use join.me show photos to a relative. Best of all it is free, in its simplest form.

join.me is fantastically simple to use, and it works well. With the join.me viewer for Windows 8 you can join real-time online meetings wherever you can get online witha Windows 8 device. The person who instigates the meeting generates a nine-digit code as normal, and you simply pop it into the Metro-style app and away you go.

The app is simplicity itself, but in our tests over Wi-Fi join.me for Windows 8 worked beautifully. It is nicely zippy and stable: as we typed on our host desktop PC, we could watch the copy appear in real time on our Windows 8 Samsung Series 7 Slate PC. There was only minimal lag.

The join.me viewer for Windows 8 is a free Metro-style app available from the Windows Store.

join.me for Windows 8: Specs

  • Windows 8 PC, laptop, tablet
  • web connection
  • Windows 8 PC, laptop, tablet
  • web connection

OUR VERDICT

join.me for Windows 8 is a Metro-style app for Windows PC, laptop and tablet that offers a simple interface into the already excellent join.me screen-sharing tool. Recommended.

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