Online Resources for Working from Home

During the COVID-19 crisis, tech companies step up to serve the communities by enabling people to embrace working from home culture. We should play our part and seize this golden opportunity by crafting our steps to accelerate towards a digital lifestyle.

It will help us to eliminate paper signature and enable us to get instant approval. Furthermore, it helps to change the way we collaborate with our colleagues. Now, we don't need to reserve any spacious room. We can just share our device screen and talk to each other virtually. 

We are taking this initiative during these unprecedented times to share with you some digital tools available in the market, which you can utilise in your daily life. 

Enterprise and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) require to collaborate and make crucial decisions daily. Hence, the employees need tools to prove they are reliable and productive similar to working in offices. 

In conjunction with "Stay at Home" or "Restricted Movement Order" to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak, Google announced its premium paid features in its Hangouts Meet video-conferencing is free until 1 July. It will help businesses, universities and schools keep operating remotely. Hangouts Meet able to host 250 participants per call and live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers. You can record the meetings and store it on Google Drive. 

Meanwhile, Microsoft offered free Access to Teams for Individuals, IT Professionals, and also Education. You can check the full details here. The freemium version will give you 10 GB of team file storage and 2 GB of personal file storage and real-time collaboration within Office apps for web, such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote. The best thing is, there is no end date. Please check out the details here. Individuals plan will enjoy video meetings for up to 250 participants.

Zoom is gaining popularity worldwide too. The company eliminated the time limits on its free product for users in China only. Otherwise, once you organised a meeting with more than 3 users, after 40 minutes the meeting will time out. Unfortunately, at this moment only China citizen can enjoy unlimited meeting with a free account.

While browsing the internet, we noticed that so many people taking the initiative to list down all free resources to accompany and to help you to run the business as usual. Hence, we don't need to reinvent the wheel by specifying it down again. 

UNESCO maintains a concise list of free or freemium online tools which you can explore for individuals, teams or education. Please click the pictures below to view the full inventory:

Last but not least, we hope that you will stay productive, stay at home, stay safe and avoid spreading fake news on social media.

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