Paid software and services available for free during the pandemic from Microsoft, Facebook and more

(Image credit: Shutterstock / Andrew Suslov)
Know of any other available products?

Have you caught wind of other free offerings designed to help businesses during the pandemic ? Let us know at joel.khalili@futurenet.com

Companies all over the world have ordered employees to work from home in response to the widespread introduction of coronavirus lockdown measures.

Top of the list of concerns for many businesses is whether employees are properly equipped to go virtual. The lack of appropriate software could prove a significant stumbling block for workers asked to suddenly abandon their office workstations.

Thankfully, technology vendors of all shapes and sizes have come to the rescue, with many offering free access to premium services for a limited time. Here’s a rundown of the best free products and services to help your business navigate the ongoing pandemic:

*We update this guide regularly with all the latest offers, so be sure to check back.

Collaboration tools

Google Meet

Google Meet
Google's premium video conferencing service Google Meet is available free of charge until 30 September. Users can host conferences with up to 100 people at once - and time limits have been temporarily lifted too.

Available to: all businesses

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is offering a six-month free trial of Microsoft Teams' premium tier and will also let users schedule calls and video conferences. Meanwhile, all UK NHS staff will receive free access to the Teams collaboration platform as well.

Available to: all businesses (with additional features for NHS staff)

Cisco Webex

Cisco Webex
Cisco has added additional features to its free Webex service and is also offering free 90-day business licenses to firms affected by coronavirus. Free accounts will now allow users to host meetings with up to 100 participants for an unlimited amount of time.

Available to: all businesses

Image

PowWowNow
PowWowNow has extended the free trial of its services from 14 to 60 days to help employees work from home and stay productive during the pandemic. The company’s suite of technology products includes web meetings, video and conference calling. 

Available to: all businesses

3CX

3CX
3CX is giving away its business communications software to all businesses for a period of three whole years - and for unlimited users. The solution allows users to make and receive calls, see the status of colleagues, chat, schedule conferences and access the corporate phone book.

Available to: all businesses

Klaxoon

Klaxoon
Having receiving a raft of inbound enquiries, Klaxoon has made its collaboration suite free for 90 days to all businesses. Video conference participants are able to vote, react and brainstorm in real time, on any device.

Available to: all businesses

Image

Pronto for Business
Communications platform Pronto has made its collaboration solution, Pronto for Business, free for a limited (but unspecified) time. The service connects employees seamlessly via chat and video to ensure they’re equipped to work from any location.

Available to: all businesses

Image

8x8 Video Meetings
Cloud communications platform 8x8 has expanded the global capabilities of its free video meetings solution. The firm has done away with restrictions on the number of meetings and meeting duration, and added calendar plugins for Google and Outlook, and dial-in numbers for more than 55 countries.

Available to: all businesses

Image

Wildix Smart Working
Unified communications firm Wildix is giving away six-month subscriptions to its smart working solution, to ensure employees are able to maintain productivity at home. The package includes audio and video conferencing, text chat, fax & SMS capabilities and more.

Available to: all businesses

Vonage

Vonage
VoIP provider Vonage is offering businesses free 90-day access to a number of its communications solutions, including mobile-only licenses and video conferencing. Governments and healthcare providers will have access to additional products, including VBC and instant SMS alert services.

Available to: all businesses (with additional features for healthcare providers and government agencies)

LogMeIn

LogMeIn
LogMeIn is offering critical front-line service providers with free, organisation-wide use of many of its products until the end of June. The offer includes solutions for meetings, video conferencing, webinars and virtual events and management of remote devices.

Available to: front line service providers, existing customers

Image

Workplace Advanced by Facebook
In an effort to help emergency services and governments deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Facebook has announced it will offer the premium version of its workplace chat service, Workplace Advanced, for free for 12 months.

Available to: governments, emergency services

Image

Flock Pro
Flock is giving away its Flock Pro collaboration offering through the end of August to any organisation assisting in the fight against coronavirus. Flock Pro includes unlimited searchable messages, unlimited private and public channels and group video calls.

Available to: healthcare, education, governments, NGOs

Hiver

Hiver
Inbox collaboration firm Hiver has opened up its offering to SMBs helping to contain the spread of Covid-19 or providing relief to those affected. Its service allows companies to manage shared email inboxes from within Gmail.

Available to: select businesses with fewer than 50 employees

Librestream Onsight

Librestream Onsight
Librestream has announced free access to its remote expert solution, Librestream Onsight. The service allows employees to collaborate virtually, and perform remote inspections, diagnostics and consultations over video stream.

Available to: new customers

Image

FreeConferenceCall
On top of its standard offering, free online video conferencing platform FreeConferenceCall.com is providing online classroom capabilities to teachers across the world. Educators can host and record lectures, schedule study sessions with screen sharing, and use drawing tools while teaching.

Available to: all businesses (with additional facilities for schools)

CircleLoop

CircleLoop
Cloud-based phone provider Circle Loop has pledged to provide free business telephony to certain institutions for three months. The firm’s internet-based phone system can be set up within minutes, supporting calling, voicemail transcription and more.

Available to: schools, healthcare providers, charities

Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions
Motorola is offering its WAVE push-to-talk service free for 3 months to emergency services and volunteer organisations involved in Covid-19 relief efforts. WAVE enables push-to-talk functionality across phones, radios and computers to ensure users have access to secure communications.

Available to: emergency services, volunteer organisations


Starleaf

Starleaf
Starleaf has introduced a free version of its conferencing software to enable remote working for all employees during the coronavirus crisis, and is also providing customers with additional licensing flexibility. The free version is available worldwide and across all devices, requiring only an internet connection and email address.

Available to: all businesses

Blizz from TeamViewer

Blizz from TeamViewer
TeamViewer is offering its online collaboration solution Blizz to all schools and universities free of charge, enabling teachers to hold interactive lessons with up to 50 participants via video and telephone connections.

Available to: schools and universities

Olive Communications

Olive Communications
Olive Communications is offering 6-month subscriptions to its Mitel MiTeam Meetings video conferencing solution free of charge. The firm has also promised to provide free consultation for businesses looking to develop a remote strategy.

Available to: all businesses

Freshworks

Freshworks
Customer engagement tools Freshchat and Freshcaller are available for free for six months courtesy of Freshworks. Both tools can be used to manage a surge in customer queries via digital channels and help businesses transition to remote work.

Available to: businesses with fewer than 50 employees

Prezi

Prezi
To help teachers keep students engaged from afar, Prezi has opened up its video presenting solution to all educators free of charge. Prezi Video places the presenter’s content on the screen beside them, allowing the teacher to maintain eye contact and make use of gestures and facial cues while presenting.

Available to: education professionals

Wrike

Wrike
Wrike has made the premium version of its collaboration offering free to new customers for 6 months. The tool ensures teams can collaborate and manage their projects effectively, regardless of location.

Available to: new customers

RingLeader

RingLeader
Internet phone services provider RingLeader has pledged 25,000 months of free usage of its CrowdVoice Americas platform - a secure mobile social communications application. Interested parties should use coupon code BEAT19TOGETHER at checkout.

Available to: North American businesses

Taskade

Taskade
Taskade is offering a 6-month free upgrade to the Pro version of its collaboration platform. The firm’s real-time workspace allows remote teams to manage tasks, write notes and video chat from a single page.

Available to: all businesses

VPN

Image

VyprVPN for Business Cloud
To combat security threats associated with the increase in remote working, VyprVPN has made VyprVPN Business cloud free for three months. The service offers a static IP address for all team members and secure file sharing over a dedicated server.

Available to: businesses with up to 15 employees

Image

Atlas VPN
Atlas VPN is giving away a three-month subscription to its premium service to combat misinformation about coronavirus. The offer is available to all users, not just those that reside in countries with internet restrictions.

Available to: all businesses

Image

Hide Me VPN
Hide Me VPN has increased the data transfer limit attached to its free accounts from 2GB to 10GB. The free plan includes 5 worldwide locations and support for all major operating systems

Available to: all businesses

Ring VPN

Ring VPN
Ring VPN has offered up its service to all UK users for 90 days, to help those either quarantined or working from home to preserve their online privacy.

Available to: all UK businesses

Surfshark VPN

Surfshark VPN
Demand for VPNs has skyrocketed with the spread of the coronavirus, as businesses and individuals look to preserve their online privacy and bypass internet restrictions. Surfshark is giving away six-month VPN plans to small businesses (up to ten employees), in a bid to help them weather the storm.

Available to: small businesses (up to 10 employees) 

Orchid VPN

Orchid VPN
Orchid VPN is offering free access to its blockchain-based VPN to journalists across the globe, in a bid to fight press censorship. To be granted access, journalists must provide proof of status via email.

Available to: all journalists

Ghostery Midnight

Ghostery Midnight
Ghostery is giving away free three-month subscriptions to its third-party tracking protection service, Midnight. Users can rid themselves of ads and tailor blocking preferences. Interested parties should use the following code at checkout: WORKATHOME 

Available to: all businesses

Antivirus and cybersecurity

Image

BlackBerry
BlackBerry’s range of secure communication solutions for enterprises is available for free for a 60-day period - that includes BlackBerry Desktop, Blackberry AtHoc, Blackberry Protect and SecuSUITE Secure Messaging and Phone Calls. Interested parties should email: covid19help@blackberry.com

Available to: all businesses

Kaspersky Endpoint Security

Kaspersky Endpoint Security
Kaspersky is offering free access to its core endpoint security products, including EndPoint Security Cloud Plus, Security for Microsoft Office 365 (extended to include Teams and Sharepoint Online), Endpoint Security for Business Advanced and Hybrid Cloud Security. Interested parties should contact Kaspersky directly.

Available to: healthcare organisations

Bitdefender

Bitdefender
Healthcare organisations have been granted free access to Bitdefender’s enterprise grade security offering for a period of 12 months. The company hopes the measure will allow healthcare providers to operate at full capacity, without worrying about opportunistic attacks at this trying time.

Available to: healthcare organisations

Qualys Endpoint Protection

Qualys Endpoint Protection
Qualys is giving away its remote endpoint protection service for 60 days to help IT teams secure remote workforces - including malware protection. The solution allows security teams to gain instant visibility of remote computers, identify missing patches and deploy them from the cloud.

Available to: all businesses (although Qualys customers will be prioritised)

Emsisoft

Emsisoft
Emsisoft is offering free assistance to healthcare organisations affected by a ransomware attack, including technical analysis of the ransomware, the development of a decryption tool and, as a last resort, ransom negotiation assistance.

Available to: healthcare organisations

DomainTools Covid-19 Threat List

DomainTools Covid-19 Threat List
DomainTools is providing a free list of high-risk coronavirus-related domains, which logs domains the company believes pose either an existent or forthcoming threat. The list is updated daily and is available for CSV download. 

Available to: all businesses