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COVID-19: Free tools to help

With COVID-19 affecting our personal and professional lives, many businesses are helping out where they can.

Recently there have been a lot of organisations extending trials or offering their software for free in an effort to help us work from home and to keep businesses running.

Here are a few useful software solutions which I’ve seen reported in the last few days.

VMware

Extended free trials of Workspace ONE for 90 days and 100 devices through July 31, 2020

Extended free trials of Horizon 7 on-premises, Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS, and Horizon Cloud on Azure for 90 days and 100 named users through July 31, 2020.

VMware is introducing the VMware SD-WAN Work @Home free trial offering, which provides end user hardware and hosted services for up to 45-days for up to 50 employees using one of the following Work @Home bundles:

  • Wired Bundle with VMware SD-WAN Edge 510
  • Wireless Bundle with VMware SD-WAN Edge 510-LTE

For more information, please see: https://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-continuity.html

Runecast

If you use VMware Horizon and need additional analytics while your Horizon environment is stretched to its limits with work from home on the increase, then take a look at Runecast’s Analyzer trial.

The trial is extended from 14 days and will expire on 15th September 2020, giving you almost 6 months of free use of the software.

Free Runecast Analyzer trial with full VMware Horizon insights enabled – for EVERYONE

Free full Runecast Analyzer license – for HOSPITALS

Microsoft

Teams is an instant messaging and collaboration tool provided by Microsoft. A few years back, Microsoft released a free version of Teams to compete with others but its features were restricted.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Microsoft are opening up a few extra features to make collaboration away from the office easier.

Microsoft offers Teams for free

6 month E1 Trial

Adobe

Adobe is making temporary at-home access to Creative Cloud available until May 31 2020, for schools and colleges who currently have only lab access for students, at no additional cost.

Temporary at-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

If you need to keep in contact with co-workers, Adobe is also offering a free 90 day trial of their Web Conferencing solution, Adobe Connect.

90-day access to Adobe Connect

LinkedIn

LinkedIn Learning is now offering free courses on topics including Working from Home, Time Management and Managing Virtual Teams.

Free LinkedIn Learning access to help those working from home

 

If your organization is offering something to help at this time, let me know and I will add it above.

 

Stay safe!

Graham

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