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10 Marzo 2020

Tuesday Tech With WeBizz - B2B Marketing

Tuesday Tech With WeBizz - B2B Marketing
Coronavirus Outbreak: 7 Free Remote, Smart and Collaborative Working Tools


The international spread of Coronavirus is causing concern for many organizations. How can a company keep its employees safe while staying on track? 
Remote working and smart working are two strategies that all companies should consider.
 
Remote working, often referred to as “working from home”, means you can work from anywhere. You do not need to commute to the office; work can be done from the comfort of your kitchen table.

Smart working, working outside of the standard pattern, can mean a flexible schedule or completing job tasks in a new way using the digital environment.
Due to Coronavirus, companies are looking for opportunities to work remotely and smartly. Many organizations aren’t prepared to manage this shift alone.
This is why we are sharing some of the most effective, user-friendly remote and smart working platforms available today. We’ve also included links and useful resources. Some of these platforms are now accessible for free, as many tech giants (like Google, Microsoft, Cisco, etc.) have decided to support companies during this emergency.
 
Cisco
Cisco Webex is the leading enterprise solution for video conferencing, online meetings, screen sharing, and webinars. 
Cisco already offers a free version of Webex with no time limit.
Due to the Coronavirus emergency, Cisco has enhanced its free Webex accounts with additional features to make working remotely easier. 
Previously, free Cisco Webex accounts only allowed users to host meetings with up to 50 participants for 40 minutes. Now, users can host unlimited meetings without time restrictions for up to 100 participants. As well, video conferencing and Webex Teams collaboration features have been added to Cisco’s free version.
Cisco is also offering a 90 day Business License to qualifying companies through its partners and sales team.
 
Google
Google began rolling out free access to their premium Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities for all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally. This offer is on until July 1, 2020 
The premium platform includes advanced features for organising online meetings and virtual events, for example:
  • Meetings can include up to 250 participants per call.
  • Launch live-streaming for up to 100,000 viewers.
  • Record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
Those features, usually only available to the Enterprise edition of G Suite and G Suite for Education (starts at $25/user/mo), are now accessible to every G Suite account, starting at only $6 per user per month.

Microsoft
According to Business Insider, the premium version of Microsoft Teams chat application for enterprises will be available to use for free over the next six months, 
Microsoft is also removing the limit on members per team supported in the free version of Microsoft Teams.
In order to implement the platform, according to Tom’s Hardware, sign up online and you will be directed to a local Microsoft partner to finalize.
 
Zoom
Zoom is a videoconference platform which already offers a free version. 
With the free Zoom Meetings licence, users have access to advanced audio/video conferencing and group collaboration features, including:
  • Unlimited video meetings with up to 100 participants.
  • Crystal-clear audio and HD video
  • Breakout rooms
  • Private and group chats 
  • Online support
Zoom also increased their support to educational institutions in affected areas. In cooperation with the China Educational Information Platform, Zoom launched a video conferencing platform that supports online education and research for all universities and colleges in China. 


LogMeIn
LogMeIn’s main products are free, for the next three months, to critical front-line service providers (i.e. healthcare providers, educational institutions, municipalities and non-profit organizations). They are accessible through “Emergency Remote Work Kits”, which include solutions for meetings, video conferencing, webinars and virtual events, IT support, management of remote employee devices and apps, as well as remote access to devices in multiple locations.
LogMeIn has also set up a remote work resource center with useful articles and best practices on how to manage the transition to remote working for employees, managers and IT teams.



Slack

With millions of users around the world, Slack is the collaboration tool leader with a user-friendly interface and a good free version (some limitations in the number of messages stored, overall storage space, etc.).
On Slack, it is possible to launch video conferences, send messages and files to a single person or a group of employees, and organise conversations into different channels.
Slack is compatible with services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.
 
Flock
Flock is a collaboration platform similar to Slack but with more comprehensive communication tools. 
There are audio and video calls and screen sharing, as well as a variety of productivity tools (polls, note sharing and reminders, advanced searches, etc.).
There is a free version of Flock, but it has some limitations.
 

Isabella Federico
WeBizz - B2B Marketing

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