Duden learning attack, discord, down dog: Some practical tools for at home are currently free.

To make life easier during the corona pandemic, numerous companies are currently making their programs and apps available free of charge for a few weeks or months. We present you a selection.

Live streams to the home office

The biggest problem in the home office is often the loss of personal communication. Accordingly, programs that enable group chats via video are currently in demand. For example, Lifesize is offering its premium subscription for free for the next six months. Up to 25 people can connect to video conferences in Lifesize via the browser, the desktop app (Windows, Mac) or the mobile app (iOS, Android). The US start-up Hit Labs is currently making its Pronto tool available to students and teachers free of charge. In addition to video group chats, the software can also be used to share files and tasks.

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Discord offers an unconventional solution, actually a voice and text chat, which is particularly popular among gamers. The structure of the free program is similar to the Slack communication tool and can be used both on the desktop and on the go. Discord users can also stream their screen or individual applications via the app. In response to the pandemic the company has raised the limit to up to 50 simultaneous viewers.

The remote access and remote maintenance software Teamviewer comes from Germany, in which video conferences are also possible. As the magazine PC Welt reports, the company currently allows the version to be used professionally for private users.

Comprehensive office packages

Google and Microsoft offer free-of-charge solutions for the home office. For users of Google’s G Suite software package, some premium features will be available until July 1st, for example up to 250 participants per hangout call. Individuals can use Microsoft Teams and Word, Excel and Powerpoint as a web app for free. The company provides Office 365 packages for companies and educational institutions for several months.

An alternative is the cloud suite “Remotely” from the Indian company Zoho, which can also be used free of charge until July 1. In addition to a word processing program, presentation and spreadsheet software, this also includes several project management tools and a video chat. There are also corresponding offers in the area of ​​IT security: The password manager 1Password extends its free trial phase of the “business” model to six months.

Learn for free and do yoga

For schoolchildren and students there are also a number of offers that are free in times of crisis: For example, the learning platform Duden Learnattack offers their videos and exercises on nine school subjects free of charge for those two months who register by March 31st. The Scoyo and Simpleclub platforms are also responding to the nationwide school closings. Scoyo, which is aimed at students from the first to the seventh grade, gives away 14-day access to affected students and parents. At Simpleclub, teachers and school leaders can order a free “aid package” that is valid until April 20th. All three subscriptions expire automatically and do not have to be canceled.

Pupils and students whose educational institution has a license for the Adobe Creative Cloud can access Photoshop and Co. from home until May 31.

Apart from learning and working, some companies also offer free apps for free time. If you are looking for a sporty balance, you can download the Down Dog yoga and fitness apps for free until April 1. IPhone users can let off steam with the Minimoog Model D Synthesizer, which has been available free of charge for a few days. The Koassilator app is currently free of charge for Android users (including iOS). The tool enables users to generate music using swipe gestures.

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