In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many companies have adopted a work from home policy to help reduce the spread. This new policy, however, raises new challenges as businesses don't have the infrastructure in place to enable video meetings, screen sharing, and other collaborative tools.

To help with this new standard, many software developers and service providers are offering their platforms and services for FREE.

We've put together a list of all the free services and software licenses being offered during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Cisco

Cisco is a worldwide leader in IT, networking, and cybersecurity solutions, and right now, they are offering their Webex meeting software for free in the affected countries with unlimited usage. If you're already a customer, you'll have additional features, and if you're not, you'll have access to a 90-day trial.

The problem that it solves:
If you don't currently have a way to have online meetings, this solution can assist you with that.

Google

Everyone knows Google and is likely familiar with their G Suite, well G Suite, and G Suite for Education customers can access advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing features.

Advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing include:

  • Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
  • Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
  • The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

These advanced features are typically available in the Enterprise edition but will be available at no additional cost to all customers until July 1, 2020.

The problem that it solves:
If you don't currently have a way to have online meetings and you use G Suite, this is a solution that you can use to meet with colleagues.

LinkedIn

Working from home is new for many employees. As such, LinkedIn sent out a notification (via email) to all its users, stating that they will now have LinkedIn remote working Learning courses available for free. They're helping companies adapt and continue to thrive during this outbreak by opening up several LinkedIn Learning courses that assist in various capacities, including:

  • Time management when working from home.
  • Productivity tips.
  • Leading at a Distance.

The problem that it solves:
Many businesses had to act quickly to set up employees with all necessities to work from home. However, training was likely not on the list of items needed for set up. To help teams adjust, use these courses as resources.

Loom

To empower everyone to communicate more effectively, Loom is offering additional features through July 1, 2020, that include:

  • Removed recording limit for their free plan — what was 25 is now unlimited
  • Reduced pricing for Loom Pro — what was $10/month is now $5/month
  • Extended trials from 14 to 30 days

The problem that it solves:
If you're dealing with remote training, Loom can help! You can record your screen while talking through the instructions and share them with entire teams or add them to your repository of how-to resources.

AT&T

The major internet service provider (ISP), AT&T suspended broadband data caps so that no one suffers overage fees. AT&T recognized that a lot of folks are now working from home — video-conferencing and learning from home — and they don't want their consumers to (likely) worsen their financial hardships.

The problem that it solves:
For the many that are working remotely for the first time, they may not have the right infrastructure in place. With suspended broadband data caps, remote workers won't have to pay overage fees for additional data usage.

Logmein

To assist with the remote throttle that many businesses found themselves in, Logmein is providing a free Emergency Remote Work Kit that includes:

  • GoToMeeting, which enables face-to-face collaboration via desktop, web, or mobile.
  • GoToWebinar, to help deliver presentations for remote teams with up to 3,000 attendees.
  • Remote access to work desktops from remote endpoints through their solution.
  • Support vie their rescue assist for any tech issues that may arise.

The problem that it solves:
Logmein is providing the whole kit and caboodle offering a package that covers virtual collaboration, remote team presentations, remote access to desktops, and support for it all, so if you need any of those mentioned above, Logmein has you covered.

During this time, everyone is doing what they can to stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19. And having the right technology in place is a part of that safety.

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