With the spread of COVID-19, many companies are being forced to adopt remote work options and policies. Even industries with poor remote infrastructures have found themselves scrambling to give employees a way to work from home.
Even when the dust settles and we are no longer in the midst of a pandemic, I believe a lot of this remote work will stick. When people realize the benefits of working from home, there will be an increased demand for remote work from here on out.
How companies are responding to COVID-19
Many companies are sending employees home with laptops and forcing them to adjust to remote working at an extremely fast pace.
To help this massive transition go smoothly and quickly, several companies are offering their remote office tools for free.
Here’s a list of what some companies are offering to help you work from home
Adobe’s Creative Suite (including Photoshop, Lightroom and more) is available for free to students. Adobe’s web conferencing service, Adobe Connect, is now free for all until July 1.
For the next three months their online databases and spreadsheets are free for any non-political, humanitarian efforts combating COVID-19.
Team collaboration and project tracking softwares are free for teams of ten people or fewer. There is no “trial” limit to this offer.
For 90 days, BlueJeans’ video conferencing service is free for all first responders and NGO’s.
The business edition of Box, which allows for unlimited cloud data storage and protection, is also free for 90 days.
This scheduling software is no longer charging for integration with remote meeting tools like Zoom and GoToMeeting. Its premium services are now also available for free to all teams working against COVID-19.
Carto makes spatial-analysis software and these visualization tools are on offer for free to all public and private organizations combating COVID-19.
Cisco’s video conferencing software Webex no longer has time limits and can now support up to 100 people on a single call. All this is offered on the free version of the product.
Comcast has a few services they are offering to provide people with access to Internet. Xfinity is offering free WiFi for everyone at Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country. They are pausing data plans for 60 days giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge. There are no disconnects or late fees during this period. Internet Essentials new customers receive 60 days of complimentary service.
Dialpad Talk Pro is a cloud-based phone system and video conferencing tool now free for two months to any business in North America or Japan.
The uber popular cloud content collaboration tool is now offering HelloSign Enterprise, which handles electronic agreements, free for 6 months for qualifying nonprofits and NGO’s.
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Enview is legislative policy management software. Now more than ever with a global pandemic policy is being written daily and Enview is offering its policy software for free through the end of April.
Facebook’s Workplace Advanced, which offers video calls and file sharing is free for emergency services and government agencies for the next month.
Educational services can now use the advanced version of Hangouts Meet (which allows for conference calls of up to 250 people) for free. Meetings can be recorded and saved on Google Drive.
Headspace isn’t strictly for “work” purposes, but it’s pretty handy for helping you weather the storm of uncertainty and stress as you shake up your life and work routines. Headspace offers guided meditations for those who may never have tried mindfulness before. Here’s a Business Insider article that explains it pretty well. Right now they’ve increased their number of free meditations.
Hubspot helps businesses manage communications and customer support. They’re offering three months of their video software free and decreasing their starter package price from $112.50/month to $50/month for the next year.
All of Jamm’s voice and video collaboration tools are free for the next three months.
Krisp.ai lets you easily mute background noise so you can get your calls done with minimal “I’m sorry, what did you say?” interruptions. They’re offering 120 minutes per week to hospital staff, students, teachers and government workers.
LinkedIn hosts professional development videos on working remotely and is offering many of them free of charge.
LogMeIn offers software for managing the many devices and apps remote workers have to juggle. They are offering a three-month license for free to healthcare, educational and some government programs. Some of these extra tools are available for free to regular site users, as well.
Through July 1, Loom will no longer limit its free users on how many videos they can make. The free trial period has also been extended to 30 days.
Governments, schools, healthcare providers and nonprofits will have access to free mailchimp accounts to send newsletter communications out throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
There is no longer a user limit on Microsoft Team’s free version. Programs like Word and Excel are free for six months to organizations.
Panopto allows users to record and send video content and is free for three months with no limits on content.
All existing customers and nonprofits get Salesforce collaboration software for free through the end of September, 2020. Salesforce is also allowing free access to its Health Cloud service for all response teams and health systems.
This software helps teams digitize their tasks. ServiceNow has developed more apps alongside the Washington State Department of Health to help emergency agencies manage incident-response workflows.
Shopify is an e-commerce platform that is now offering 90-day free trials instead of 14-days.
Slack’s premium online workplaces and communication tools are being offered as free upgrades to all organizations involved in COVID-19 research or response.
Stripe is helping offline businesses transition to online payments. They are fast-tracking supporting telemedicine platforms providing consultations for COVID-19. Many businesses in the US can proactively add funds to their balance to cover refunds or chargebacks.
TechSmith Snagit is a screen recording software. The company also provides collaboration platforms for video review. These softwares are both free through June.
Similar to Slack, this online collaboration tool will be available for free through July 1.
T-Mobile offers free international calling to help you stay connected to everyone in your personal and professional life.
Vidyard’s new services, a remote video communication tool meant for internal use is free through June 30.
Zoho is offering to waive application fees for up to 20,000 small businesses and has created a new set of tools for online meetings, calls, file sharing and more, all of which are free through July 1.
This is a lot like Zoom except that there’s no need for a download. Create videos as well as podcasts with their simple, easy-to-understand interface. All recording limits have been waived.
Zoom is a go-to for many companies when managing remote meetings, and now the 40-minute meeting limit has been removed for all students and teachers in U.S. K-12 schools.
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