Ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus have prompted more and more companies and organizations to transition to remote work, and now Google and Microsoft said they will provide free fares for collaboration services G Suite and Microsoft Teams, reports The Verge. Both companies offer free access to video corporate level only for a limited time.
Google has announced that until July 1 it will grant free access to the “advanced” features for meetings with friends and acquaintances (Hangouts Meet) to all clients and G Suite G Suite for Education worldwide.
Organizations can conduct conference-Cola for 250 people, a stream with up to 100 thousand spectators in a single domain, and to record and save video calls on Google Drive. Google usually charges an additional fee of $13 per user per month for these features in addition to access to the G Suite at the corporate level, making a total of is $25 per user per month.
In turn Microsoft from March 10 will add the video in the free version Teams, and will also remove the limitation on the number of simultaneous users.
Microsoft offers a free six-month premium version of Microsoft Teams. Free access to Microsoft Teams first provided hospitals, schools and business in China, but is now available worldwide. On March 10, Microsoft will release an update for the free version Teams, which will remove restrictions on the number of users in one chat will allow you to create a schedule of video calls and conferences.
Google, Microsoft has responded to the epidemic COVID-19, abolishing conferences, taking place in April and may. Google has also suspended most international travel, and the Microsoft recommended employees to work remotely to help prevent the spread of the disease. Of the major developments not yet cancelled conferenceencia South by Southwest in Austin, which combines elements of a music festival and a great technological and scientific visionary collector’s program. But its refusal to go already announced on Facebook, for example.
the social network Twitter announced Monday in the official blog on new measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus COVID-19. The company strongly encourages all employees worldwide to work from home if they have the opportunity. The company promised to take steps to meetings, meetings and other important meetings could be held remotely by video conference. Offices will remain open for those employees whose work requires personal presence. However, for those who work for Twitter to Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, working remotely will be required. To come to the offices they are forbidden.