The List of Free Offers to Get Work Done During Coronavirus
By Jim Lundy
Last week we posted a list of free offers for web and video conferencing tools—since that post, there has been a slew of new offers, and we have gotten lots of calls asking us to highlight who is offering what. With no human coronavirus vaccine and limited coronavirus treatment, many firms will be conducting remote work for the foreseeable future. Given the situation, enterprises should consider the free offerings available to them. This is a running list and will be updated regularly.
Research and Advisory Firms
Aragon is one of the few firms offering a free 30-minute inquiry to assist enterprises dealing with work issues during COVID-19. See our offer description here.
Web and Video Conferencing
- Apple FaceTime is free and runs on iOS and macOS. See the instructions for macOS here.
B2B Meeting Platform Offers
- Avaya has a free offer of Avaya Spaces for all educational institutions and all non-profits (see offer).
- 8×8 offers free video meetings with no limit (see offer).
- BlueJeans offers free access to first responders. Contact them for the offer.
- Cisco has a free meetings offer but limits meeting time. However, it will make unlimited meetings free for 90 days. Users must request this from their Cisco account executive.
- DialPad offers Uber Conference for free, which includes conference calling and video meetings (requires a toll call for dial-in). The offer is here.
- Google offers free Gmail accounts and Google Duo for individuals (sign-up here). It is also offering premium Google Hangouts Meet features for existing users.
- Lifesize is offering unlimited video meetings, no time limits, free for 6 months (see offer).
- LogMeIn offers a remote work kit, but it does not include any free or reduced price offers for GoToMeeting.
- Microsoft offers a free version of office for schools—A1 (sign-up here).
- Microsoft offers a 90-day trial of Office 365 that includes teams.
- Zoom offers free 40-minute meetings. It lifted the Zoom meeting time limit for users based in China.
- Zoom also lifted the 40-minute limit for K-12 Schools. Sign-up form. (Note: verification of school is required).
- Slack is already free, but it is now offering a free version of its premium tool (sign-up for free version).
- WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) offers free messaging (download WhatsApp from Apple iTunes or Google Play).
Work from home means more time for upskilling. Team managers should make this part of their work from home regimen.
- Cornerstone OnDemand is launching a free version of its learning platform.
- Coursera offers over 1,700 free courses but will upsell you (see courses).
- Google offers some excellent, free, and in-depth AI courses (see sample courses).
- Skillsoft & SumTotal’s Business Continuity Learning Center has free resources on conducting workplace learning amidst the pandemic.
- Udemy offers a few thousand courses for free.
- Securing your work and ensuring privacy is what BlackFog is all about. They are offering a free trial.
Editor’s Note: this list is updated frequently.