Updated on April 24, 2020.
Governments around the world are advising people to adopt remote work and software providers have responded by revising their offerings to help businesses during an uncertain time. Find software deals and packages specially offered to help small businesses go fully remote.
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- The product pricing or licensing change must be a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The product pricing or licensing change must be available to a broad population of users (e.g. all existing clients, all users, etc.).
Changes limited to specific industry or profession (e.g. healthcare professionals) were not considered for this piece.
We’ll be updating this page during the coming weeks to reflect any changes and new offers.
1. Cisco Webex Meetings
Cisco has expanded the capabilities of its Webex Meetings software. This now extends to all countries that have access to the platform, and not just to those impacted by the Coronavirus.
With prices starting at $13.95 per month (around £12), Cisco Webex Meetings offered a free version of its software and a free trial.
Cisco has updated its Webex capabilities for its free version and in the countries it serves. The additional features are:
- Unlimited use; no restrictions on time
- As many as 100 meeting participants
- Dial-in now available (in addition to the current VoIP provision).
Cisco is offering free 90-day licenses to companies that are new to sign up to Webex.
GoToMeeting connects people from far and wide and is responding to the Coronavirus challenge. The company is amending its offering to enable customers to use its tools more flexibly.
Subscriptions started from £9.50 a month.
Customers who currently subscribe to LogMeIn can now access collaboration tools, including GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar. Initially, this is for up to three months at no extra charge on a current subscription. GoToMeeting is also implementing extra support, help and guidance for users of its tools.
3. Google Meet
Google is offering free access for its video conferencing platform, Meet, for all G Suite customers.
To have access to the premium features, users needed an enterprise version of the G suite. Prices were set at £20 per user, per month.
Google is providing its Meet premium features for free to all users until September 30. This includes up to 250 participants in a call, live streaming for 100,000 viewers within a domain, as well as a function to record meetings and save these to Google Drive.
4. Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is offering a free six-month trial to its premium collaboration tool subscription.
Prices were set at £9.40 per user, per month. There was also a free version of Microsoft Teams and a free trial of the paid-for version.
Now, Microsoft teams is giving users a free six-month trial of its Premium Version to help individuals to collaborate with their colleagues and business partners.
Livestorm is offering free and unlimited use of its remote video meeting solution and discounts for its webinar solution.
For unlimited meetings users had to pay $31 (around £25) per host, per month. For unlimited webinars the price was $99 (around £8) per host, per month.
Livestorm Meet will be free for the duration of the pandemic with the promotional code MEETFR100. Livestorm Webinar is being offered with a 20% discount for 6 months with the coupon code WEBINARFR20.
StarLeaf is offering a free version of its video conferencing tool to all users.
Prices are available only per request on their site.
The free version of the software is available for users in all locations and across all devices. The company also launched a new remote working hub.
The Standard version of 3CX will be free for 3 years for unlimited users.
Standard license pricing started at €346 (around £300) per year.
In response to Covid-19, the company is offering the Standard license for free for the first 3 years. 3CX includes web conferencing and live chat features, as well as mobile apps for workers to collaborate while working remotely.
8. Brightcove Video Platform
For a period of 90 days and to minimise the disruption businesses will face due to the Coronavirus, Brightcove is granting customers 50 hours of free HD Live Streaming.
Although pricing is not immediately available on the company’s website, Brightcove did charge a fee for its products and services.
Brightcove’s current free collaboration tools on offer will assist users and businesses as a temporary measure in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Its SME collaboration software is now available to users who sign up to Brightcove Live.
Loom is offering additional features and functionality during the world health crisis faced by individuals and businesses.
Loom’s offerings started at $10 (around £8.6) per user per month for the Pro plan, with a free Basic plan.
As a temporary measure up to 1 July 2020, Loom’s video messaging platform will now remove the recording limit for users on the Basic plan. As an additional step, Loom has halved the cost of its Pro version to $5 (around £4) per month. A free trial of Loom Pro will increase from 14 days to 30 days.
10. Zoho Remotely
Zoho Remotely is a new offering. Created because of the coronavirus.
Zoho Remotely is a suite of web and mobile apps that will help you with communication, collaboration and productivity. Remotely will remain free till July 1, 2020.
As a provider of collaboration tools, Box is now offering a free version of its software for SMEs to help users to tackle the work demands caused by the Coronavirus.
Box business plans started at €12.82 (around £12) per user, per month.
Box is offering a three-month free trial of its SME collaboration software platform.
Wrike is offering a free 6-month trial of Wrike Professional to help remote workers keep productive.
Prices for the professional version, with full project planning and collaboration features, were at $9.80 (around £8) per user, per month.
Until April 30, users can sign up for a free 6-month trial.
Klaxoon is offering a free trial period of its collaborative apps suite.
Prices are not available on the company’s website.
Klaxoon’s collaborative tools will be free for 90 days with no usage limit.
14. Instant Housecall
Instant Housecall is offering free sub-accounts in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Instant Housecall prices started at $29.00 (around £25.00) per user per month.
The company has said that this offer will run until the World Health Organization (WHO) declares that the pandemic is over. Thereafter, all plans return to their previous status.
15. SolarWinds Take Control
SolarWinds now offers an extended free-trial period of its standalone remote support solution.
Prices started at $19/month (around £15).
SolarWinds Take Control Plus is now being offered free of charge for 90 days to businesses that request access before June 30. The number of end-user accounts provided with Take Control Plus has also been increased, from 10 accounts to 35.
Cloudflare offers security to small businesses and has updated its service to provide free enterprise-grade features to small businesses.
Cloudflare business plans were priced at $200 (around £174) per month.
Up until 1 September 2020, Cloudflare is waiving its monthly fee, with up to 500 free seats on Cloudflare for Teams. There is no commitment after this date. The company is also providing free 30-minute onboarding sessions with its technical team.
SentinelOne CORE and rapid deployment services are being offered free of charge.
Prices are not informed on the company’s webpage.
For enterprises with immediate work-from-home needs, the company is offering their SentinelOne CORE and rapid deployment services free of charge until May 15th.
18. Sumo Logic
Sumo Logic extended its free trial of its work-from-home application package.
Prices started at $99/month (around £80), billed annually, with a 30-day free trial.
Now, users will be able to try the platform for free for 90 days.
1Password is lifting its trial period in response to the Coronavirus.
1Password did not offer a free plan. Plans for the business version started from $7.99 (around £6.99) per user, per month, and $3.99 (around £3.50) per user, per month for the teams version.
With immediate effect, 1Password Business is extending its 30-day free trial period to 6 months.
20. Dashlane Business
The first 3 months of the Premium and Business subscriptions of Dashlane are now free for new users.
Prices for Dashlane Business were at €3.33 (around £3) per month and at €4 (around £3.50) per user for Dashlane Premium, per month (for both, billed annually).
Dashlane Business is now waiving the first 3 months of Dashlane Premium subscriptions for new individuals and Dashlane Business for corporate accounts.
Bitrix24 is offering unlimited users in its free version of the company’s collaboration tools.
Bitrix imposed a restriction of 12 users on the free version and plans started from $19 (around £ 18) per month for 2 users.
Bitrix24 is now lifting the 12-user restriction on its free accounts and the number of users is unlimited. Any changes to this will be made with at least 30 days’ notice, so customers have enough time to save their data.
Callhippo is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution.
Callhippo was $10 (£8.6) per user, per month.
The CallHippo Bronze Plan is being offered on a two-month free trial.
Hootsuite is offering its basic plan (for 1 user and 10 social profiles) for free in response to the pandemic.
Plans started at £25/month, billed annually.
Hootsuite Professional plan tools will be free until July 1st for SMEs and nonprofits.
Affinity is offering its Affinity Designer for free along with other tools.
Prices of the Affinity Designer started at €27.99 (around £23) per month.
Serif has introduced a 90-day free trial until 20 May for their Affinity Suite, which includes Affinity Designer. Users will have 50% discount to have it also for iPad. The suite includes professional creative software spanning photo editing, graphic design and publishing.
ContractNow, software that allows companies to centralise contracts and execute new agreements with integrated e-signature, is being offered for free.
Prices are not informed on the company website.
As a response to the pandemic, ContractNow will be free of charge until 1st September.