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25 software deals to help Australian businesses with remote work

Published on 27/04/2020 by Anna Hammond

Across the globe, governments are responding to COVID-19 by suggesting people practice social-distancing and self-isolation. For businesses, this means allowing their employees to carry out remote work and revising their offerings. We’ve gathered a list of software deals from providers who are adjusting their prices to help businesses get through these turbulent times. 

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To be included in this article:

  1. The licensing change or product pricing must be an adaption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. The product pricing or licensing change must be accessible to a broad population of users (such as existing clients and new business clients). 

Changes limited to specific industry or profession (e.g. healthcare professionals) were not considered for this list.

Software deals updated April 27th, 2020.

Web Conferencing Software

1. Cisco Webex Meetings

Cisco has expanded the capabilities of its Webex Meetings software. This now extends to all countries that have access to the platform, and not just to those impacted by the Coronavirus.

Previous offering

With prices starting at US$13.95 per month, Cisco Webex Meetings offered a free version of its software and a free trial.

Updated offering

Cisco has updated its Webex capabilities for its free version and in the countries it serves. The additional features are: 

  • Unlimited use; no restrictions on time 
  • As many as 100 meeting participants
  • Dial-in now available (in addition to the current VoIP provision).

Cisco is offering free 90-day licenses to companies that are new to sign up to Webex. 

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2. GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting connects people from far and wide and is responding to the Coronavirus challenge. The company is amending its offering to enable customers to use its tools more flexibly. 

Previous offering

Subscriptions started from US$12.00 a month.

Updated offering

Customers who currently subscribe to LogMeIn can now access collaboration tools, including GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar. Initially, this is for up to three months at no extra charge on a current subscription. GoToMeeting is also implementing extra support, help and guidance for users of its tools.

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3. Google Meet

Google is offering free access for its video conferencing platform, Meet, for all G Suite customers.

Previous offering

To have access to the premium features, users needed an enterprise version of the G Suite. Prices were set at AUD$34 per user, per month.

Updated offering

Google is providing its Meet premium features for free to all users until September 30. This includes up to 250 participants in a call, live streaming for 100,000 viewers within a domain, as well as a function to record meetings and save these to Google Drive.

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4. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is offering a free six-month trial to its premium collaboration tool subscription.

Previous offering

Prices were set at US$12.50 per user, per month. There was also a free version of Microsoft Teams and a free trial of the paid-for version.

Updated offering

Now, Microsoft teams is giving users a free six-month trial of its Premium Version to help individuals to collaborate with their colleagues and business partners.

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5. Livestorm

Livestorm is offering free and unlimited use of its remote video meeting solution and discounts for its webinar solution.

Previous offering

For unlimited meetings, users had to pay US$31 per host, per month. For unlimited webinars, the price was US$99 per host, per month.

Updated offering

Livestorm Meet will be free for the duration of the pandemic with the promotional code MEETFR100. Livestorm Webinar is being offered with a 20% discount for 6 months with the coupon code WEBINARFR20.

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6. StarLeaf

StarLeaf is offering a free version of its video conferencing tool to all users.

Previous offering

Prices are available only per request on their site.

Updated offering

The free version of the software is available for users in all locations and across all devices. The company also launched a new remote working hub.

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7. 3CX

The Standard version of 3CX will be free for 3 years for unlimited users.

Previous offering

Standard license pricing started at €346 (around AUD$580) per year.

Updated offering

In response to Covid-19, the company is offering the Standard license for free for the first 3 years. 3CX includes web conferencing and live chat features, as well as mobile apps for workers to collaborate while working remotely.

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Web conferencing solutions offering software deals.

Video Editing Software

8. Brightcove Video Platform

For a period of 90 days and to minimise the disruption businesses will face due to the Coronavirus, Brightcove is granting customers 50 hours of free HD Live Streaming. 

Previous offering

Although pricing is not immediately available on the company’s website, Brightcove did charge a fee for its products and services.

Updated offering

Brightcove’s current free collaboration tools on offer will assist users and businesses as a temporary measure in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Its SMB collaboration software is now available to users who sign up to Brightcove Live.

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9. Loom

Loom is offering additional features and functionality during the world health crisis faced by individuals and businesses.

Previous offering

Loom’s offerings started at US$10 per user per month for the Pro plan, with a free Basic plan.

Updated offering

As a temporary measure up to 1 July 2020, Loom’s video messaging platform will now remove the recording limit for users on the Basic plan. As an additional step, Loom has halved the cost of its Pro version to US$5 per month. A free trial of Loom Pro will increase from 14 days to 30 days.

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Software deals for video editing/recording platforms.

Collaboration

10. Zoho remotely

Zoho Remotely is a complete suite of web and mobile apps designed to help teams communicate, collaborate and be productive when working remotely.

Previous offering

None. This is a new offering that was created because of the coronavirus.

Updated offering

Zoho Remotely is a suite of web and mobile apps that will help you with communication, collaboration and productivity. Remotely will remain free till July 1, 2020.

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11. Box

As a provider of collaboration tools, Box is now offering a free version of its software for SMBs to help users to tackle the work demands caused by the Coronavirus.

Previous offering

Box business plans started at US€12.82 per user, per month. 

Updated offering

Box is offering a three-month free trial of its SMB collaboration software platform. 

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12. Wrike

Wrike is offering a free 6-month trial of Wrike Professional to help remote workers keep productive.

Previous offering

Prices for the professional version, with full project planning and collaboration features, were at US$9.80 per user, per month.

Updated offering

Until April 30, users can sign up for a free 6-month trial.

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13. Klaxoon

Klaxoon is offering a free trial period of its collaborative apps suite.

Previous offering

Prices are not available on the company’s website.

Updated offering

Klaxoon’s collaborative tools will be free for 90 days with no usage limit.

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Price adaptions on collaboration software.

Remote work support software

14. Instant Housecall

Instant Housecall is offering free sub-accounts in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Previous offering

Instant Housecall prices started at US$29.00 per user per month.

Updated offering

The company has said that this offer will run until the World Health Organization (WHO) declares that the pandemic is over. Thereafter, all plans return to their previous status.

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15. SolarWinds Take Control

SolarWinds now offers an extended free-trial period of its standalone remote support solution.

Previous offering

Prices started at US$19 per month.

Updated offering

SolarWinds Take Control Plus is now being offered free of charge for 90 days to businesses that request access before June 30. The number of end-user accounts provided with Take Control Plus has also been increased, from 10 accounts to 35.

More info

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Offers on remote support software.

Network security

16. Cloudflare

Cloudflare offers security to small businesses and has updated its service to provide free enterprise-grade features to small businesses.

Previous offering

Cloudflare business plans were priced at US$200 per month.

Updated offering

Up until 1 September 2020, Cloudflare is waiving its monthly fee, with up to 500 free seats on Cloudflare for Teams. There is no commitment after this date. The company is also providing free 30-minute onboarding sessions with its technical team.

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17. SentinelOne

SentinelOne CORE and rapid deployment services are being offered free of charge.

Previous offering

Prices are not informed on the company’s webpage.

Updated offering

For enterprises with immediate work-from-home needs, the company is offering their  SentinelOne CORE and rapid deployment services free of charge until May 15th.

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18. Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic extended the free trial of its work-from-home application package.

Previous offering

Prices started at US$99 per month, billed annually, with a 30-day free trial.

Updated offering

Now, users will be able to try the platform for free for 90 days.

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Network security software deals.

Password management

19. 1Password

1Password is lifting its trial period in response to the Coronavirus.

Previous offering

1Password did not offer a free plan. Plans for the Business version started from US$7.99 per user, per month and US$3.99 per user, per month for the Teams version.

Updated offering

With immediate effect, 1Password Business and Teams is extending its 30-day free trial period to 6 months.

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20. Dashlane Business

The first 3 months of the Premium and Business subscriptions of Dashlane are now free for new users.

Previous offering

Prices for Dashlane Business were at US$4 per user per month and at US$3.33 per user for Dashlane Premium, per month (for both, billed annually).

Updated offering

Dashlane Business is now waiving the first 3 months of Dashlane Premium subscriptions for new individuals and Dashlane Business for corporate accounts.

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CRM software

21. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is offering unlimited users in its free version of the company’s collaboration tools.

Previous offering

Bitrix imposed a restriction of 12 users on the free version and plans started from US$19 per month for 2 users.

Updated offering

Bitrix24 is now lifting the 12-user restriction on its free accounts and the number of users is unlimited. Any changes to this will be made with at least 30 days’ notice, so customers have enough time to save their data.

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Call Centre Software

22. CallHippo

Callhippo is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution.

Previous offering

Callhippo was US$10 per user, per month.

Updated offering

The CallHippo Bronze Plan is being offered on a two-month free trial.

Social Media Management Tools

23. Hootsuite

Hootsuite is offering its basic plan (for 1 user and 10 social profiles) for free in response to the pandemic.

Previous offering

Plans started at US$19.99 per month, billed annually.

Updated offering

Hootsuite Professional plan tools will be free until July 1st for SMEs and nonprofits.

More info 

Graphic Design Software

24.Affinity Designer

Affinity is offering its Affinity Designer for free along with other tools.

Previous offering

Prices of the Affinity Designer started at £23 (around AUD$44) per month.

Updated offering

Serif has introduced a 90-day free trial until 20 May for their Affinity Suite, which includes Affinity Designer. Users will benefit from a 50% discount to also have it for iPad. The suite includes professional creative software spanning photo editing, graphic design and publishing.

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Contract Management Software

25. ContractNow

ContractNow, software that allows companies to centralise contracts and execute new agreements with integrated e-signature, is being offered for free.

Previous offering

Prices are not informed on the company website.

Updated offering

As a response to the pandemic, ContractNow will be free of charge until 1st September.

More info

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This article may refer to products, programs or services that are not available in your country, or that may be restricted under the laws or regulations of your country. We suggest that you consult the software provider directly for information regarding product availability and compliance with local laws.