Google and Microsoft announce free advanced tools for business conferences to better respond to the outbreak

According tomedia reports, the ongoing outbreak of the new coronavirus is prompting more and more enterprises and organizations to transition to remote work mode. Now, to give workers a better job at home, both Google and Microsoft say they will offer customers access to more powerful conference calls and collaboration tools.

On the morning of March 3, local time, Google announced the launch of a free service for G Suite and G Suite for Education customers from around the world to access the Hangouts Meet “advanced” feature, which runs until July 1. This means that any organization can host a meeting with up to 250 attendees, broadcast live support for up to 100,000 viewers in a single domain name, and save meeting minutes and save them to Google Drive. Typically, in addition to G Suite’s access under its “enterprise” tier, these features require customers to pay an additional $13 per month, or $25 a month.

Google and Microsoft announce free advanced tools for business conferences to better respond to the outbreak

Microsoft will offer a six-month free trial to Microsoft Teams Premium users worldwide. Originally designed to allow Chinese hospitals, schools and businesses to operate quickly in Microsoft Teams, it is now expanding around the world. However, when registering, users will be prompted to set up with a Microsoft partner or a member of Microsoft’s sales team.

In addition, Microsoft said it would introduce an update for the free version of Teams by March 10, when it would remove the limit on the number of team members and allow users to schedule video calls and meetings.