Remote Work Round-Up: Helpful Collaboration Tools Available in Response to COVID-19

Free Software Available for Storage & Collaboration During COVID-19 Outbreak

To help flatten the curve of the recent Coronavirus pandemic, many organizations are requiring employees to work from home wherever possible. While this may be a great and simple solution for some companies, working from home brings challenges for others as users adapt.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our partners & other organizations that are offering free access to their software and services to help those remotely working make the transition.

Check back for more updates!

Storage & Collaboration

Dropbox

“Dropbox is offering free Dropbox Business subscriptions for a three-month period to nonprofits and NGOs that are focused on fighting COVID-19. Organizations working to stop the virus or providing relief to those impacted are encouraged to apply.”

Wrike

Wrike made its user-per-month professional subscription free for six months to new customers and removed user limits for existing customers.

Box

Box is offering unlimited storage and 5GB file upload plus more – free for 90 days.

Remote Conferencing & Chat

Cisco Webex

“Effective immediately, we’ve expanded the capabilities on our free Webex offer in all countries where it is available, not only those impacted by COVID-19.”

Google G Suite

“Starting this week, we will begin rolling out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally. These features are typically available in the Enterprise edition of G Suite and in G Suite Enterprise for Education, and will be available at no additional cost to all customers until July 1, 2020.”

LogMeIn GoToMeeting

“Starting immediately, we will provide critical front-line service providers, including eligible healthcare providers, educational institutions, municipalities, and non-profit organizations as well as any current LogMeIn customer with free, organization-wide use of many LogMeIn products for 3 months through the availability of Emergency Remote Work Kits.”

Zoom

“We believe every business has the social responsibility to contribute back to the community and to society, and it’s critically important during times of crisis. With this tenet in mind, Zoom is doing everything we can to provide resources and support to those navigating the coronavirus outbreak.”

Microsoft Teams

“By making Teams available to as many people as possible, we aim to support public health and safety by keeping teams connected while they work apart. Teams is a part of Office 365. If your organization is licensed for Office 365, you already have it. But we want to make sure everyone has access to it during this time.”

Slack

While Slack has always been free, they are now trying to help new users get up to speed with free webinars including live Q&As, consultations by phone, and information on working-from-home best practices. Additionally, Slack announced any team working on a collaborative research, response, or mitigation to the coronavirus will get access to a paid plan for free.

Network & Performance

CloudFlare

“If you are already a Cloudflare for Teams customer, we have removed the caps on usage during this emergency so you can scale to whatever number of seats you need without additional cost. If you are not yet using Cloudflare for Teams, and if you or your employer are struggling with limits on the capacity of your existing VPN or Firewall, we stand ready to help and have removed the limits on the free trials of our Access and Gateway products for at least the next six months. Cloudflare employees around the world have volunteered to run no-cost onboarding sessions so you can get set up quickly and ensure your business’ continuity.”

Okta

“Any organization that would find value in leveraging the Okta Identity Cloud for remote work during an emergency situation should be able to do so at no cost. That’s why we are offering Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) and Okta Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for free”

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