Free access to advanced enterprise video-conferencing capabilities

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has pushed more companies and organizations to transition to remote work, and now Microsoft, Google, and Cisco have said they will grant access to their more robust teleconferencing and collaboration tools that are typically only available to enterprise customers to make it easier for people to work from home. Both companies are only offering free access for a limited time.

“We want to help businesses and schools impacted by COVID-19 stay connected: starting this week, we'll roll out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020 to all G Suite customers globally.”

Sundar PichaiCEO, Google and Alphabet
Microsoft

Free six-month trial of the premium version of its Teams chat app

Teams already has a free version, but it places limits on certain features — free Teams users can’t record meetings, for instance, and they only get two gigabytes of file storage, to the full terabyte enjoyed by paying customers. What Microsoft is quietly offering here is a trial that includes all of those features.

From Business Insider
Google

Helping businesses and schools stay connected in response to Coronavirus

Starting this week, Google will begin rolling out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including:

  • Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
  • Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
  • The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

These features are typically available in the Enterprise edition of G Suite.

From Google Cloud

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