Software that businesses and schools can use for free
Posted by admin on May 15, 2020 · Stay Home Hub
Small businesses and schools are suffering as a result of the pandemic. People everywhere are having to adjust to working from home and as well as trying to home school their children – what a balancing act!
Virtual conferences and classrooms have suddenly become a crucial part of our everyday lives, so to ensure you’re aware of all the tools that are available to you, here is a list of the software companies that are offering deals and freebies to all those affected:
Adobe is allowing its educational customers to request free home access for students and teachers to its Creative Cloud suite of tools. This will be available through May 31. Their web conferencing service (Adobe Connect) is also currently free for schools, businesses and government agencies on 90-day licenses that can run until July 1, and they’ve put together a really useful collection of content for distance learning that can be accessed here.
Airtable provides online databases and spreadsheets, and for any non-political, humanitarian effort that is tackling COVID-19, they can use the company’s Airtable Pro product for free for the next three months. Any students with a .edu email account can also get a free two-year subscription to it.
Dropbox Business, which enables people to work remotely, and HelloSign Enterprise, which manages electronic agreements, will be free for six months for nonprofits and NGOs involved in the battle against COVID-19.
Google Cloud has announced that it is providing free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video conferencing capabilities for all customers of its G-Suite and G-Suite for Education services. This enables calls of up to 250 people and allows meetings to be recorded and saved on Google Drive.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, MailChimp is offering free accounts for its more feature-rich service to local governments, schools, healthcare providers, nonprofits and other organizations that need to communicate critical health information about the disease. Existing customers who fall into these categories will not be billed during this period, with those who are on MailChimp’s free or basic plans upgraded to the standard one at no cost.
Microsoft Teams is removing the user limit on its free version, which was previously restricted to 300 people. Microsoft also announced it is making the basic version of its Office 365 enterprise suite of Word and Excel free for six months to organizations, which gives users access to the premium version of Microsoft Teams.
Healthcare providers, governments, educational institutions and nonprofits can get free access to Quick Base software, which helps them digitize workflows, through September 30.
To help small businesses, Zoho has launched a program that will waive the cost of the applications being used by companies for three months. Customers must apply for assistance. They have also launched a new set of free applications to support remote working.