Microsoft and Google are the two major technology companies in the world. They own a wide range of enterprise collaboration tools which are being offered for free for a limited time. With more and more people working from home in different countries to contain the Cornovirus situation, these tools will be handy to ensure office work is carried out properly to ensure minimal disruption in productivity.
Major corporate firms may have already purchased multiple accounts for their employees but most companies that are startups or not accustomed to using such tools may not have a subscription. Google has announced that they will make Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing app for free to users around the globe for a limited period.
This will enable everyone to work from home easily and when people meet less in public or in office spaces, the chances of the virus spreading at a faster rate is much less. Similarly, Google has also cancelled their I/O developers’ conference 2020 so as to avoid gathering large crowds in the same spot.
The Hangouts Meet also enables up to 250 users to join the same call and different teams will be able to communicate at once for a quick meeting, to ensure work is being carried out. All G Suite subscribers will gain access to these features without having to pay additional costs and it will be open up to 1st July, 2020 until the health issue is sorted out.
Microsoft on its part is providing a 6-month free trial for chat and collaboration app on Windows 10. Teams will allow employees and educational institutions collaborate to continue working or conducting classes from their home. It helps keep people safe but at the same time provides better communication to avoid feeling completely isolated. Microsoft and Google’s move is noteworthy as it will help millions safeguard themselves while handling tasks as they usually do.