Several major tech companies have announced that they will help fight Coronavirus with free remote work tools. Hand sanitizer may be in short supply right now, but it’s not hard to get your hands-on free tools to help your employees telecommute. Microsoft, Zoom, and LogMeIn have all announced that they will help businesses by providing free tools to support working from home during the Coronavirus outbreak. These tools will allow remote workers to hold virtual meetings and chat with their coworkers while working from the safety of their homes. Let’s go through the solutions available to you, and how you can get them if and when you determine they are needed.

Tool: Microsoft Teams (Recommended)

Duration: Free for Six Months

Microsoft has stated that they want to “Support public health and safety by making remote work even easier.” We think this is quite admirable and know their Teams tool can do a lot to keep workgroups connected. They are doing this by offering a free six-month trial for their “Freemium” edition of Microsoft Teams, and are offering this globally. Microsoft rolled out an update to the free version of Teams on March 10 that removes any user limits and allows users to schedule conferences and video calls.

What it does:

  • Online Meetings
  • Voice & Video Calling
  • Instant Messaging

Tool: Zoom Video

Duration: No limit. Basic is Free

Zoom Video Basic continues to be free.  Zoom is an easy to use.

What it does:

  • Online Meetings
  • Voice & Video Calling
  • Screen Sharing

Tool: LogMeIn – Emergency Remote Work Kit

Duration: Free for Three Months (only available to Health Care Providers, Educational Institutions, Municipalities & Non-Profit organizations)

LogMeIn has taken a proactive approach to providing assistance during the outbreak.

What it does:

  • Meet and Collaborate with GoToMeeting
  • Host Presentations with GoToWebinar
  • Remote Access to Work Computers
  • Provide Web-based Technical Support with RescueAssist

Each of these solutions will only be free for a limited time, so we recommend waiting to take advantage of these offers until there is a clear threat in your area. We salute these companies for pitching in to help workers get their tasks done amidst some chaotic circumstances that many businesses are under-prepared for. It remains to be seen how this will play out in the United States, but it’s safe to assume this won’t be the last crisis that causes disruptions to the traditional work environment.

With technology changing the way we all work; telecommuting is becoming more common every day. Perhaps recent events will speed up the rate of adoption as businesses recognize the benefits of empowering a mobile workforce. For now we urge business owners to start creating a plan to “future-proof” their work environment.