The Complete List of Free Tools for Remote Work During Coronavirus

the complete list of free software tools for remote work during coronavirus

Are you working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak? In response to COVID-19, plenty of software companies have begun offering free tools and resources for those of us working remotely. We’ve rounded up those offers and will update this article as information becomes available.

Whether you’re new to remote work or it’s second nature to you, these 20+ apps and other free resources should come in handy.

Do you know about free or discounted software that should be on this list? Email us at remotetips@workona.com


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Free or discounted tools for remote workers amid COVID-19

Updated 03/17/2020

Microsoft Teams

What Teams is used for: Group chat, video conferencing, and accessing, sharing, and editing Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files

Details: Microsoft Teams is now free to anyone with an email address. Previously, a free version of Teams was available with limited features. But starting March 10th, Microsoft is lifting user limits on those free Teams accounts, and will allow the same free users to conduct video calls. Microsoft is also offering free six-month trials of its premium Teams version to businesses.

Offer valid for: Six months (starting March 3, 2020)

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Google Hangouts Meet

What Hangouts Meet is used for: Video conferencing

Details: Google Hangouts Meet is now available at no extra cost to G Suite or G Suite Education customers. Beginning March 3rd, these users can access Enterprise video conferencing features, which include large meetings of up to 250 participants, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers on a domain, and the ability to record and save meetings to Google Drive.

Offer valid until: July 1, 2020

Get Hangouts Meet free for G Suite


Loom

What Loom is used for: Screen & video recording

Details: Loom is offering unlimited recording capabilities starting now. They’re also cutting the price of Loom Pro in half, from $10 per month to $5 per month, and extending Loom trials from 14 days to 30 days.

Offer valid until: July 1, 2020

Get Loom free


Cisco Webex

What Cisco Webex is used for: Video conferencing

Details: Cisco is expanding its free service to include unlimited usage (no time restrictions), support for up to 100 participants, and toll dial-in, along with its existing VoIP capabilities. They’re also providing free 90-day licenses to businesses that aren’t yet Webex customers.

Offer valid until: N/A

Get Cisco Webex free


LogMeIn Emergency Remote Work Kits

What LogMeIn Remote Work Kits is used for: Meetings, video conferencing, webinars and virtual events, IT support and management of remote workers and devices

Details: LogMeIn, the maker of GoToMeeting and other remote work tools, is offering many of their products free to organizations dealing with COVID-19, including nonprofits, schools, and healthcare providers. These products are bundled in Emergency Remote Work Kits, which are also available at no additional cost to current LogMeIn customers.

Offer valid for: Three months (starting March 2, 2020)

Get LogMeIn Remote Work Kits free for affected organizations


Zoho Remotely

What Zoho Remotely is used for: Meetings, video conferencing, project management, and daily work tools

Details: Remotely is a suite of apps that will help you communicate, collaborate, and get work done while working remotely. Zoho is now offering the entire suite free. It includes 11 apps, including apps for online meetings, project management, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Offer valid until: July 1, 2020

Get Zoho Remotely free


Zoom

What Zoom is used for: Audio and video conferencing

Details: Zoom currently offers a free meeting plan for personal use, which allows unlimited one-on-one meetings. In China, Zoom has extended its free plan to remove restrictions on meeting times, breakout rooms, and participant limits. Additionally, Zoom is offering free Basic accounts to K-12 schools affected by the coronavirus.

Offer valid until: Indefinitely

Get Zoom free; if you’re part of an affected school, fill out this online form.


Workona

What Workona is used for: Tab management and organizing projects, meetings, and workflows in the browser

Details: Workona currently offers a free plan that allows workers to manage their tabs and documents, including syncing or restoring to any computer. With extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, remote teams can share and access their cloud resources regardless of browser preference.

Offer valid until: Indefinitely

Get Workona free


Slack

What Slack is used for: Chat, document sharing, audio and video conferencing

Details: Slack currently includes a free plan that allows one-on-one voice and video calls, up to 10 connected apps, and a limit of 10,000 searchable messages. To help users ramp up quickly, Slack has made their free training resources more widely available. They’re also offering free resources to anyone working on COVID-19 research, response, or mitigation, including free upgrades to paid plans.

Offer valid until: Indefinitely

Get Slack free; if you’re part of an affected organization, email covid@slack.com for free resources and upgrades


Cloudflare for Teams

What Cloudflare is used for: Security for devices, networks, and internal applications

Details: Cloudflare is offering their Cloudflare for Teams products free for small businesses (up to 500 seats available). Cloudflare analyzes potential threats from visitor requests and stops malicious traffic before it reaches your origin web server.

Offer valid until: September 1, 2020

Get Cloudflare free


Box

What Box is used for: Cloud content management, including document storage and sharing

Details: Box is offering their Business version free for 90 days to small or medium sized businesses. They’re also allowing existing Box enterprise customers to add users beyond their license limits for the next month, at no additional cost.

Offer valid until: 90 days for new Box Business users (starting March 12, 2020); one month for current Box Enterprise customers (starting March 10, 2020)

Get Box Business free


Alibaba Cloud

What Alibaba Cloud is used for: Cloud services, including data storage and hosting

Details: Alibaba Cloud is offering a $1000 credit towards its cloud services for customers who are fighting the coronavirus or otherwise impacted by it. To be eligible, customers must sign up for a new enterprise account or be on a current enterprise account. Answers to other frequently asked questions can be found here.

Offer valid until: N/A

Get Alibaba Cloud free for affected organizations


Asana

What Asana is used for: Project and task management

Details: Asana is providing free one-year subscriptions to Asana Business for nonprofits that are directly working to find a cure or provide aid to coronavirus patients. Both new and current Asana Basic customers are eligible for the offer.

Offer valid until: N/A

Get Asana Business free for affected organizations


Quip

What Quip is used for: Productivity and daily work tools for Salesforce users

Details: For Salesforce users only, Quip is now offering its product free, which includes unlimited users and storage. Quip combines documents, spreadsheets, and chat to help distributed teams work together.

Offer valid until: September 30, 2020

Get Quip free for Salesforce


Qualtrics Remote Work Pulse

What Qualtrics Remote Work Pulse is used for: Surveys and data analysis of team attitudes, behavior, and resources

Details: Qualtrics is now offering a free solution for gauging your remote workforce’s ability to do their job. Qualtrics Remote Work Pulse measures how ready your team is for remote work, what might be missing, and how to stay successful as time goes on. Remote Work Pulse is available free to anyone with a Qualtrics account (signup is free).

Offer valid until: N/A

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Jamm

What Jamm is used for: Voice and video collaboration for remote teams

Details: Jamm is now being offered free to any team for three months. It’s designed to give remote and distributed teams a lightweight solution for conversation, brainstorming, and bonding.

Offer valid for: Three months (starting March 12, 2020)

Get Jamm free


1Password

What 1Password is used for: Secure password management for apps and websites

Details: 1Password is now removing the 30-day trial period on 1Password Business, so teams can access password management services free for six months. Remote teams can use it to easily share passwords and create custom groups, vaults, and permissions.

Offer valid for: Six months (starting March 13, 2020)

Get 1Password Business free


DNSFilter

What DNSFilter is used for: Web security for users, devices, and networks

Details: DNSFilter is offering their advanced DNS security service free for businesses for 90 days during the outbreak. Businesses can use it to protect their users working from home from phishing attacks and malware.

Offer valid until: July 1, 2020

Get DNSFilter free


Pragli

What Pragli is used for: Virtual office environment, including chat, video conferencing, and meetings

Details: Pragli currently offers a free version. The product is designed for remote and distributed teams to jump into impromptu conversations and create digital identities that help everyone feel more present. Teams can use Pragli to hold virtual office hours, ask icebreaker questions, and interact dynamically with each other.

Offer valid until: Indefinitely

Get Pragli free


The most useful guides & webinars for remote work

Right now, it seems like every company is in your inbox, touting their best tips for remote work. We combed through these resources and selected the best of the best.


How to quickly transition to remote work, from Zapier [webinar]

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Why it’s worth the watch: Zapier co-founder and CEO Wade Foster has advocated for remote workplaces for years. This webinar, hosted by Wade and featuring leaders from Trello, WildBit, HubSpot, and MeetEdgar, addresses concerns like which tools to use, how to combat isolation, and managing teams from a distance.

Watch if: You want practical advice on ramping up remote work, from leaders who have actually been there.


A guide to all-remote work, from GitLab [guide]

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Why it’s worth the read: GitLab is a remote working juggernaut, with over 1,000 employees working all-remote. Their guide is both comprehensive and concise, with actionable answers to nearly every remote working question. It’s also refreshingly upfront about the downsides of working from home.

Read if: You need answers to frequently asked questions about remote work.


The ultimate guide to remote work, from Zapier [book]

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Why it’s worth the read: Zapier shares insights from nearly a decade of remote work, including useful but non-obvious advice like how to run a company retreat for a remote team, how to thrive as an extrovert while working remotely, and how to find your perfect remote job.

Read if: You need trustworthy advice on remote work, and you want it all in one place.


How to build a remote-first culture, from Litmus [article]

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Why it’s worth the read: This article from Litmus CEO Paul Farnell is a thoughtful reflection on the mindset shift that occurs when a company decides to prioritize—not merely tolerate—remote work.

Read if: You’re considering a permanent move to remote work.


Remote Leader spotlights, from Soapbox [blog series]

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Why it’s worth the read: The Remote Leaders blog posts from Soapbox include some great questions, but arguably the most useful one is “What’s in your tech stack?” These articles offer smart software recommendations and other wisdom from leaders at GitLab, Buffer, Help Scout, and more.

Read if: You want to learn remote work skills from leaders in their own words.


Making the most of working from home, from Evernote [article]

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Why it’s worth the read: This short article offers solid advice on how to work from home. With tips on how to incorporate flexibility into your work, how to start the day off right, and how to set your pace, it’ll get you into the right mindset.

Read if: You need motivation for doing your best work away from the office.


How to work securely when you’re remote, from Naked Security [article]

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Why it’s worth the read: This is an approachable guide to reducing security vulnerabilities as your team starts working from home. Use it as a checklist to ensure your team is properly set up before they start remote work.

Read if: You need an easy-to-implement guide on working from home safely.


Setting your remote team up for success, from LinkedIn Learning [online courses]

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Why it’s worth the watch: In response to COVID-19, LinkedIn made these 16 lessons free for anyone interested in remote working. Each module is an approachable length, and you can watch as much or as little as you want.

Watch if: You want structured, shareable lessons on remote work practices.


If you know of any other free software for remote work, let us know at remotetips@workona.com