The global community is trying their best to deal with the rapidly evolving "coronavirus crisis". On the back of the horrendous bushfires over the 2019/2020 summer period there is no doubt that Australian businesses will face some significant challenges this year.
One of the challenges that businesses owners are facing is how to minimise exposure - both externally (between their teams and the public) and internally (between team members themselves). Having teams "work from home" is a common suggestion, but setting up the infrastructure to support this can be unfamiliar to many.
Several tech companies around the globe have taken the initiative to make this transition as easy as possible. This includes free or greater access to video conferencing tools, digital solutions, etc.
Below are listed some of the current companies offering "coronavirus deals".
This list will be added to over as new information becomes available.
Screen capture software.
Through to July 1, 2020 Loom will:
- Remove the recording limit on the free plan (previously 25 videos)
- Cut the price of Loom Pro in half (was $10/month, now $5/month)
- Extend all trials of Loom Pro from 14 to 30 days.
Through to July 1, 2020 G Suite will:
All G Suite customers can use Hangouts Meet for easy-to-join video calls including larger meetings for up to 250 participants, live streaming for up to 100k viewers, and recording meetings to Google Drive. These features are normally only available in the Enterprise and Enterprise for Education editions of G Suite. This is a reduction of ~$25USD/month per user.
Office 365 E1 Trial
From March 2020, Microsoft are offering a free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams.
TechSmith are offering free access and expanded usage of screen recording and collaborative feedback tools to organisations and academic institutions who are preparing for prolonged absences due to COVID-19.
Includes Techsmith Snagit and TechSmith Video Review.
Cisco Webex offers a range of video conferencing tools for businesses. As of March 02, 2020 "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." These capabilities include
- Unlimited usage (no time restrictions)
- Supports up to 100 participants
- Offers toll dial-in (in addition to existing VoIP capabilities).
- Free 90-day licenses to businesses who are not Webex customers.
6 months of 1Password Business for free.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Offering free 90-day access to Adobe Connect, their web conferencing solution, until July 1, 2020.
We want to help. So from today, anyone can use our creative apps completely free for three months. Take 50% off if you want to buy. And we're going to engage 100 freelance creatives for paid work.
Yoast is offering their All Around SEO course (normally $199) for FREE right now. Not an affiliate link. For those who might want to brush up.
Moz Academy courses are now available for free!
Browse our course list, then use the promo "wegotthis" to sign up.
CollectMORE is a debt collection agency based in Australia. Anyone who knows Paul Metcalf (the business owner) knows that he's the most down-to-earth, generous guy out there and is always finding new ways that he can help businesses recover outstanding debt. The CollectMORE app is one of those ways, with a range of scripts, letters and processes that help people collect their own debt.
Paul has made his CollectMORE app free in the App Store and on Google Play.