**Updated 03/04/2020 to include an FAQ on the Office 365 trial and information on current remote working tools here and Secure Remote Working as a Service.**
Microsoft has recently announced that in order to help businesses through the impact of Coronavirus, it is currently offering Office 365 E1 free for 6 months. The E1 license includes Teams, which is a great product for employees to work from home (WFH) should they need to in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Cisco have also announced extensions and feature upgrades to Cisco WebEx for 90 days. See below for more information:
Office on tablets and phones
Get web versions of Office apps on iOS, Android, and Windows devices3 with screen sizes of 10.1” or less. Each user can install Office mobile apps on 5 tablets and 5 phones. Office desktop apps not included.
Email and calendars
User business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your desktop or from a web browser. Get a 50GB mailbox per user and send attachments up to 150MB.
Hub for teamwork
Connect your teams with Microsoft Teams in Office 365, where chat, content, people, and tools live together. Use Teams to plan schedules, assign tasks, and connect to other apps and resources.
Build automated workflows between apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more with Microsoft Flow, no coding required.
Host online meetings with audio, HD video, and web conferencing. Broadcast meetings online for up to 10,000 people who can join with just a browser on almost any device.
Professional digital storytelling
With Sway you can easily create engaging, interactive web-based reports, presentation, newsletters, trainings, and more, right from your phone, tablet, or browser.
File storage and sharing
OneDrive for Business gives each user 1 TB of personal cloud storage that can be accessed from anywhere, on any device. Easily share documents with others inside and outside your organization and control who can see and edit each file.
Enterprise video service
Use Microsoft Stream to easily create, manage, and share videos securely across your organisation.
Effective immediately Cisco have expanded the capabilities of the free Webex offer enabling you to immediately help your customers stay connected and productive no matter where they are working or learning.
**Expanded capabilities include:**
– Unlimited usage (no time restrictions)
– Support for up to 100 participants
– Offers toll dial-in (in addition to existing VoIP capabilities)
Cisco are providing free 90-day licenses for businesses who are not Webex customers in their time of need and helping existing customers enable a much larger number of remote workers by temporarily expanding their usage at no additional cost.