In today’s difficult times, most companies in the world have two main pains: how to survive in a falling market and how to transfer all their processes to the remote. As this trend is applicable to almost all companies in the world, many of them are now trying to support each other. We’ve made a list of the first companies that suggested their offers on free remote working tools during COVID-19. Find it below. Or visit our live list “Deals for businesses in the time of COVID-19“.
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Remote team collaboration tools COVID-19 offers
In this section, we’ve collected the remote collaboration tools offers as part of our free solutions for remote work during the coronavirus list.
#1: Atlassian Cloud
Atlassian is an Australian software development management software company. Their best-known products are Jira and Confluence. Jira is an issue tracking system designed to organize the interaction with users, although in some cases it is also used to manage projects. Confluence is a replicated wiki system designed for internal use by organizations to create a single knowledgebase.
Starting from March 18, 2020, the company is making its remote-friendly software products available for free. The offer applies to cloud-based editions of Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Desk, and Jira Core.
#2: Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is an enterprise platform that combines chat, meetings, notes, and attachments in a single workspace. Microsoft Teams is part of the Office 365 suite and distributed through an enterprise subscription. In addition to Office 365, it is also integrated with Skype and third-party applications.
Starting from March 5, 2020, Microsoft has made Teams available for everyone, including both individuals and IT professionals who need to roll out Teams in their companies. The offer is available within the next six months.
#3: Cloudflare for Teams
Cloudflare is an American company providing CDN services, protection against DDoS attacks, and secure access to resources and DNS servers. Cloudflare services act as reverse proxies for a website. Cloudflare for Teams is a solution for the protection of remote connections without compromising user performance. It offers two services:
- Cloudflare Access – secure access to internal applications without a VPN.
- Cloudflare Gateway – a solution to protect users, devices, and networks on the open Internet.
As of March 9, 2020, the company is making Cloudflare for Teams free to small businesses across the world. The offer will last for at least the next 6 months. Cloudflare has also launched an online hub where small businesses can see technology services available to them for free or a substantial discount from multiple companies during COVID-19.
Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration that enables its users to create diagrams for design thinking and agile methodologies and provides tools to conduct impactful meetings and workshops.
Mural has recently introduced a free 90-day trial plan for new users, which they can quickly activate with the help of a chatbot. The company now also conducts a series of “Suddenly Remote” webinars that help companies quickly jump to the remote model.
#5: Zoho Remotely
Zoho is a company that delivers an online office suite that includes applications such as a word processor, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, notes, wikis, a CRM system, project management, budgeting, etc. Remotely is a toolkit for remote work that was built specifically for the coronavirus situation. It includes over 10 apps for chatting, meeting, collaboration, remote assistance, productivity, etc.
Video conference tools COVID-19 offers
In this section, we are featuring the video conferencing tools offers as part of our free remote working tools during the COVID-19 list.
#6: Adobe Connect
Adobe Connect is a web conferencing software solution that helps individuals and small businesses to instantly communicate and collaborate through easy-to-use online access. Adobe Connect Pro Meeting is a tool for organizing meetings and seminars over the network in real-time. It allows users to hold presentations, share files, stream audio and video.
Starting from March 9, 2020, Adobe Connect is providing free 90-days access to their solution. The offer will last until July 1, 2020. Non-customers can now use Adobe Connect rooms with up to 25 participants for free — they sign up for a trial license between March 9 and July 1. The company also offers help to customers who would like to expand their current licenses due to a higher workload because of going remote unexpectedly.
Challo is a cloud solution for video conferencing developed by CafeX Communications. It provides a secure space where people can meet online in HD videos, chat with each other, and bring all the right content together to move the business forward.
Now it is possible to use Challo for free until July 1, 2020.
#8: Cisco Webex
Cisco is an American company that develops and sells network equipment intended primarily for large organizations and telecommunications enterprises. Webex is a video conferencing and online meeting tool developed by Cisco.
As of March 16, 2020, Cisco has extended the features for the Webex Meetings and Webex Teams products worldwide for free for the next 90 days. The extra features include unlimited usage, toll dial-in, and the support of up to 100 participants.
#9: Facebook Workplace
Workplace is an online team collaboration tool that uses Facebook features for work, such as groups, chats, and video calls. Workplace enables its users to communicate within their company through a familiar Facebook interface.
Facebook has launched the Workplace for Good program that allows non-profit organizations to connect teams and coordinate communication among remote workers or on-the-ground volunteers.
#10: Google Hangouts Meet
Google Hangouts is instant messaging and video conferencing software. Google Hangouts Meet is an app for high-quality video conferencing. You can join meetings in Meet by invitation, but a complete set of features is available only when connected through a G Suite account.
As of March 3, 2020, Google is providing free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video conferencing features to all G Suite customers across the world. This includes up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers per domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive. The offer lasts until July 1, 2020.
GoToMeeting is a web service created by LogMeIn. The software is designed for web conferencing and remote desktop sharing. It also allows users to chat with other people over the Internet in real-time.
As of March 9, 2020, LogMeIn is offering Emergency Remote Work Kits. These kits will provide existing customers and individuals in specific industries an extended 90-day free trial of their remote work products, including GoToMeeting.
Krisp.ai is an AI-powered solution that mutes background noises and echoes during both the incoming and outgoing calls. The call participants can mute both their own background noises and the noises of other participants.
Starting from March 17, 2020, and for the next six months, Krisp is giving its users 120 minutes of free noise cancellation per week. Additionally, Krisp Pro and Teams cut the price by 30%, so the new price is $40 per year and $5 per month.
Loom is a video conferencing, screen sharing, and video recording platform, with such customers as HubSpot, Square, Uber, GrubHub, and LinkedIn.
Between March 12, 2020, and July 1, 2020, the company will remove the recording limit from their Basic plan, give a 50% discount on Loom Pro, and extend all trials of Loom pro from 14 to 30 days.
#14: Pronto for Business
Pronto is a tool that connects people via chat and video so that they can work efficiently from anywhere. It provides features such as automatic language translation, group messaging, and file sharing.
During the coronavirus outbreak, Pronto for Business will be available for teams and teachers at no cost. To get access, you need to fill in a short form on their website.
Zoom offers communications software that integrates video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. It is possible to integrate the tool with Skype for Business and Slack.
Starting from February 26, 2020, holders of free Zoom licenses are getting access to advanced features. These include an unlimited number of video meetings with up to 100 participants, high-quality audio and video, online support, breakout rooms, and group chats.
8×8 is a California-based company that delivers VoIP products, such as the cloud-based voice, contact center, video, mobile, and unified communications for businesses.
As of March 12, 2020, the company is extending the global reach of free video meetings due to the increasing number of users. It means that the international dial-in numbers are now available in over 55 countries including the local and toll-free options. Additionally, there are no more restrictions on the number or duration of meetings. It is also possible to store meetings recordings in the cloud and stream large meetings on YouTube.
Other solutions special offers COVID-19
1Password from AgileBits Inc. is a simple and effective password manager. It stores virtual passwords, logins, and sensitive information safely in a virtual vault. It supports work on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.
As support to business during the coronavirus outbreak, 1Password has removed a 30-day trial period. Instead, companies can use 1Password Business for 6 months for free.
We’ve tried to make this list of work-from-home office solutions during COVID-19 as extensive as possible. However, if you know a company that is not on the list and is currently featuring remote access tools offers during COVID-19, feel free to mention these offers in the comments and we will extend the list.
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