Google and Microsoft introduce free rates for corporate services for remote work

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus has prompted more companies and organizations to switch to remote work, and now both Google and Microsoft have announced that they will provide free tariffs for collaboration services G Suite and Microsoft Teams, reports The Verge.

It’s obvious that the rapid increase of employees working remotely has also increased the number of people using collaboration services like Microsoft Teams which is why they are being offered for free to companies. But, it has also increased the number of people who are taking the ms-700 exam because companies now value a Microsoft Teams Administrator more than ever to help plan, deploy workloads, manage live events and calling, etc. all on Teams.

The only downside is that both companies offer free corporate-level video access for a limited time only.

Google announced that until July 1, it will provide free access to “advanced” features for meetings with friends and acquaintances (Hangouts Meet) to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers around the world.

Organizations can host conference calls for up to 250 people, stream live events for up to 100,000 people in one domain, and record and save video meetings on Google Drive. Google typically charges an additional fee of $ 13 per user per month for these features in addition to accessing the G Suite at the enterprise level, for a total of $ 25 per user per month. The events can stream even better as well if they use things like cox wifi plans for high-speed internet options, meaning that connection complications are less likely to occur.

In turn, Microsoft from March 10 will add video to the free version of Teams, and also remove the limit on the number of simultaneous users.

Microsoft offers a free six-month premium version of Microsoft Teams. Free access to Microsoft Teams was initially provided for hospitals, schools, and businesses in China, but is now available worldwide. This has left many businesses evaluating Microsoft Teams calling plans to try and find the best one that will work with these new changes. This will allow them to boost connectivity and productivity in their business.

On March 10, Microsoft will release an update for the free version of Teams, which will remove restrictions on the number of users in one chat, and will allow you to create a schedule for video calls and conferences.

Both Google and Microsoft have responded to the COVID-19 epidemic by canceling conferences in April and May. Google has also suspended most international travel for employees, and Microsoft has recommended employees work remotely to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Of the major events, the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, which combines elements of a music festival and a large technological scientific and visionary collection program, has not yet been canceled. But Facebook, for example, has already announced its refusal to go there.

The leadership of the social network Twitter on Monday announced in an official blog about new measures aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The company urges employees around the world to work from home if they have the opportunity. The company promised to take measures so that meetings, meetings and other important working meetings could be held remotely by video link.

Offices will remain open to those employees whose work requires a personal presence. However, for those who work on Twitter in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, remote work will be required. They are forbidden to come to offices.


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