If you are like me, you have been receiving an avalanche of email notifications from every company you’ve ever done business with letting you know how they are responding to the Covid-19 crisis. Did I really need to know how my auto mechanic is responding to the epidemic? Probably not at the top of my list. However, if you can get through the noise, there have been some legitimate offers to help companies support their teams and customers through the crisis.
Most of these offers are in the form of free services and software for an extended period of time (30-60-90 days and more). Below, we’ve compiled a list of twenty-three companies and their respective offers including Microsoft, Google, Cloudflare, ServiceNow and many more. These include remote conferencing, file sharing, educational courses and several other products.
If you have heard of more, let us know in comments and we’ll add them to the list!
Suppliers are in alphabetical order along with links to their Covid-19 response pages:
- Creative Cloud tool set. Adobe offering its educational customers free home access for students and teachers through May 31st, 2020.
- Adobe Connect – This will be free to schools, government agencies and businesses with a 90-day license. The offer appears to run through July 1st, 2020.
- Thus far, it appears that they will make this available through May 31st.
- Huddle Tools software available for free to small businesses to help teams improve the flow of communication and manage updates and tasks through the coronavirus crisis
- offering its productivity and collaboration tools for free to small businesses with teams of up to 10 people
- Avaya Spaces – Free collaboration software for educational and non-profits through August 31st. The only caveat thus far is that its only available in some countries, and there is a limit of 200 participants for each meeting.
- Offering our Secure Remote Access solutions free to help organizations support an increased remote workforce due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Blackberry Desktop and 2FA – Free 60-day licenses for these and a number of other remote working services
- Video conferencing free to first responders and NGOs involved with managing the Covid-19 outbreaks. This offer is for 90 days to start but may end up being extended depending on the virus containment
- You can get their secure file sharing service free for 3 months on its Business plan. Business plan comes with unlimited storage and mobile storage
- Cisco has an offer for free 90-day business licenses to firms affected by coronavirus to support the explosion of remote workers
- You can get 500 seats of Cloudflare for Teams which is their remote worker tool. This is available through September 1st and includes a training and on-boarding session
- Dropbox Business and HelloSign Enterprise which are remote worker and electronic agreements management software, is free for six months to nonprofits and NGOs that are directly involved in the Covid-19 fight
- Free Enterprise Use of Hangouts Chat App through July 1st, 2020 for G Suite and Suite Education customers
- The social media management platform is offering free access to its professional plan through July 1
- Quotes, E-Sign, and 1:1 Video creation tools are now free. Once activated within your portal its free for 90 days
- Also, for the next 90 days, they are suspending marketing email send limits for Marketing Hub Professional and Enterprise customers and increasing limits on calling to 2,000 minutes/month for Starter and Professional customers of Sales Hub and Service Hub
- Reducing price for Starter Growth Suite from $112.50 USD/month to $50 USD/month. For 12 months from purchase of this offer, all existing and new Starter Growth Suite customers will have access to the bundle of marketing, sales, and services software at the reduced price
- Offering free tools to track reported COVID-19 cases near you and help you stay informed through The Weather Channel app, from weather.com, and an online dashboard. Information is designed to help provide the latest details currently available from various official sources to people and businesses so they can access it easily on their computers or smartphones.
- Offering grants specifically for manufacturing companies around cloud assessments and deployment services
- Offering its voice and video collaboration tool for remote teams free for four months
- Offering kits of tools for non-profits, schools and healthcare workers
- Microsoft is offering a six-month free trial of Office 365 E1, which includes Microsoft Teams, a communication and collaboration platform, video conferencing, and more
- As of March 10, it is also lifting restrictions on how many users can join a team or schedule video calls
- Many Microsoft partners have qualified for PIE (Partner Investment Engine) funding which enables financial support for customer pre-sales work
- Salesforce is offering Social Studio Pro for crisis management for free for a 120-day term
- Social Studio Pro includes an unlimited number of users, 10 social accounts and 200K monthly social mentions
- There is also a 45-minute quick-start video for managing Covid-19 social discussions
- SAP Ariba Discovery supply-chain software free for 90 days
- Remote Work+ free (unknown for how long)
- TripIt Pro for 6 months free
- Qualtrics Remote Work Pulse service, which lets organizations connect with—and get feedback from—remote workers (unknown for how long)
- SAP is also offering some free courses through its SAP University Alliances program
- New applications developed in conjunction with the state of Washington State’s Department of Health manages incident-response workflows and is being made free to other agencies. The other applications, which are free for ServiceNow customers and can be accessed by non-customers too, include ones that help businesses deal with workflows associated with sharing COVID-19-related information and situations in which employees have to self-quarantine
- Free upgrades to paid plans for organizations working on coronavirus research, response or mitigation
- Also, to local media organizations and scientific publications covering these areas
- Also removed the 250-user cap on its Standard Plan service for all nonprofits for three months
- Free 6-month trial of their collaborative work management platform
- Remotely has opened up its complete suite of web and mobile apps for free to small-business owners through July 1, to help remote teams communicate and collaborate
- Zoom has removed a 40-minute meeting limit on its free Basic accounts for students and teachers at K-12 schools in America. They have partnered with Clever, a single sign-on service used by U.S. school districts, so that schools who don’t normally have access can get it quickly
- Removed time limits on meetings for K-12 schools in several countries impacted by COVID-19
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