Microsoft And Google Offering Free Premium Communication Tools

In just a matter of weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the professional world. In an effort to practice “social distancing”, businesses are having their employees work from home.

This has put a considerable strain on the capabilities of the technologies these businesses use. Day by day, more of the working world has to learn how to use and optimize video meeting platforms, cloud-based phone systems, and file sharing solutions.

The developers of these solutions are also seeing a major increase in the usage of their technologies, giving them extensive data as to how well they work and how they can be improved.

As their user base has grown, many of these developers have decided to increase functionality and remove other non-premium limits.

Developers Offer Premium Features To Users

A number of industry-leading tech companies have begun offering improved functionality to users:

  • Google Hangouts & YouTube: G Suite and G Suite for Education customers around the world are being given access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities.

    “Starting this week, we rolled out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally until July 1, 2020,” said CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post. “We’re also adding resources to be able to support increased demand for public livestreaming on YouTube. We’ve seen increased interest in affected regions as people look to be able to connect virtually with their communities when they are unable to do so in person.”

  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft is offering users a free six-month trial for its premium tier of Microsoft Teams. This is in addition to an update they’ve released that lifts the limit on the number of users in a single meeting.
  • Microsoft Mover: Furthermore, given the increasingly remote nature of the working world, Microsoft is also making efforts to simplify the migration process. Businesses that want to move into the cloud via Microsoft 365 have a new tool available to them – Microsoft Mover. This solution will greatly simplify the migration process, which can often be time-consuming and error-prone.

    “Today, we’re pleased to announce Mover is now available to Microsoft 365 customers worldwide,” wrote Mark Kashman in a blog post. “Since Microsoft announced the acquisition of Mover, our migration specialists have been working hard to bring the migration service, including admin-led and self-service offerings, to more customers as demand to move content to the cloud continues to grow.

  • Zoom: Popular video-conferencing software Zoom has also made similar improvements for users over the past few months as coronavirus has spread across the globe. In February they lifted the 40-minute time limit on free meetings for users in China, and have recently done the same for users here in North America.

As you can see, there are plenty of tools available to you to help you manage your staff as they work from home. That said, it’s understandable if you don’t have the time or expertise to utilize these technologies to their fullest extent – SureTec will help.

Our team is available as a resource to businesses struggling with adapting to the coronavirus pandemic and a remote working model. We’ll help you harness and implement the right technologies to keep your business operating and your staff productive.

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Nick Hess

Nick Hess is an authority for IT services in Portland, OR. Nick's team at SureTec IT has helped numerous companies with their day-to-day IT service needs. Nick also has years of experience with Google G Suite, Microsoft 365, and business VoIP Services.

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