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Free Video Conferencing Resources Available During COVID-19 Outbreak

To assist technology leaders with communications during the COVID-19 outbreak, we've put together a helpful list of free enterprise video conferencing solutions and resources.

With a drastic increase in remote work happening due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 (a.k.a. Coronavirus), many organizations are looking for efficient communication tools to keep their teams connected and operational.

While many organizations have emergency communications plans in place, not all have a clear video conferencing solution that would help their employees quickly and easily hold meetings and share content with each other. Especially in larger organizations, when in-person meetings cannot happen due to social distancing or quarantine, video conferencing is often the superior replacement for meetings over phone calls or email communications.

Here is our list of free enterprise video conferencing solutions and resources available to support communications through the COVID-19 Outbreak:

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Cisco Webex IT Admin Resources

Understanding that IT teams are facing rapid deployment situations, Cisco has put together a list of resources including a technical readiness checklist & deployment guidance, IT service desk preparation and a change management and adoption plan with pre-made communication assets.

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Lifesize Enterprise-Grade Video Conferencing

Lifesize is currently offering 6 months of unlimited enterprise video conferencing service for free. For new customers, this includes:

  • 25-way calling
  • Unlimited meetings
  • Unlimited meeting duration

For existing Lifsize customers, this includes:

  • Unlimited hosts
  • Unlimited meetings
  • Unlimited meeting duration
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Advanced Google Hangouts Meet

Google is offering free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers until July 1, 2020. Normally available only in the Enterprise edition of G Suite, the advanced features now available include:

  • Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
  • Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
  • The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
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GoToMeeting Emergency Remote Work Kits

LogMeIn is offering a range of video conferencing products and support for health care providers, educational institutions, municipalities & non-profits for free for 3 months.

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Microsoft Teams Free Office 365 E1 Offer

If your organization is already using Office 365, Teams is already included and available to you. For IT professionals wanting to try to roll Teams out, Microsoft is offering access to Teams through a free 6-month Office 365 E1 license.

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Free Zoom Meetings License and Resources

The free Zoom Meetings license provides an unlimited number of video meetings with up to 100 participants, including collaboration features and online support. Additionally, Zoom is offering a number of webinars, trainings and tips for managing your growing remote workforce.

Need More Help?

The team at AV Solutions is standing by to help you prepare for a rapid increase in video conferencing, collaboration and remote communications. Our experience includes building and installing audio visual systems in emergency operations centers, corporate command centers, and executive conference rooms. Contact us today to speak to one of our AV experts.

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