Free Software & Resources

Below is a list of free resources and discounted rates from software providers designed to help small businesses during the outbreak. 

Thank you to Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) for collating the following digital offerings from their member base.

If you've seen additional support for businesses listed online please email marketing@cciq.com.au - we need to share and support each other during these times. 

Microsoft Team: Group Chat

Invite everyone you work with to chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place, no matter where you are.

Meet from anywhere

Instantly go from group chat to video conference with the touch of a button. Teams of 10 or 10,000 can meet in one place, no matter how many places they’re in.

Collaborate from anywhere
Never do that frantic, searching-for-files thing ever again. In Teams you can access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real time.

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Webex

Currently, there is an unprecedented increase in remote work happening around the world due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease). If you're being asked to work remotely - we’re here to keep your team connected on any device, enabling you to keep work moving from anywhere.

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LinkedIn Live

Stream live video content to drive record engagement with your professional audience.

LinkedIn Live allows you to build deeper connections and drive more engagement with the world’s largest professional community. Live videos get, on average 7x more reactions and 24x more comments than native video produced by the same broadcasters.

Use it to help launch new products, showcase the people behind your brand, or demonstrate your thought leadership. 

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Google Cloud: G Suite and G Suite for Education

As more employees, educators, and students work remotely in response to the spread of COVID-19, we want to do our part to help them stay connected and productive. G Suite and G Suite for Education make up our collection of productivity apps that help businesses and educators collaborate no matter where they’re located.

As more businesses adjust their work-from-home policies and adopt reduced travel plans in response to COVID-19, Google G Suite is helping to ensure that all globally distributed teams can still reliably meet face to face, even if employees are not in the same location.

Starting this week, they will begin rolling out free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including:

  • 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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Microsoft Teams: Tips and Tricks

Join Molly from LiveTiles, the leading expert in Teams, as she demonstrates her top tips for collaborating from home.

Learn shortcuts for pinning chats, favouriting contacts and blurring your video background amongst other helpful tips.

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Free Course: Hygiene Awareness For Drivers

We understand there is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the industry. In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, this FREE course is designed to give drivers information on hygiene practices that will keep you, and their passengers safe, reassured and confident to use personalised transport now and into the future.

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G-Suite - Free enterprise edition until July 1st

Google announced this past week that they are going to be giving access to their advanced Hangouts Meet feature to all Education and G Suite customers up until the first of July this year. The extension will allow G Suite Education and G Suite Basic users to access Enterprise features such as permitting up to 250 individuals to take part in a call, capability to record and save meetings, and livestreaming content for thousands of viewers.

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Facebook - $100 million in grants for small business

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. They will share more details as they become available. You can sign up for updates on their website (linked). 

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Free Fremium - Microsoft Teams

Microsoft is offering unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage and 2 GB of personal file storage per user. You also get real-time collaboration with the Office apps for web, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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2 months free: Adobe Creative Cloud

Many creatives have been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Adobe is giving every subscriber two months of free subscriptions during this economic downturn. 

How to redeem: 

  • Log onto your creative cloud account 
  • Cancel your plan 
  • Go through the cancellation steps (an offer will appear during your account cancellation)
  • Accept the offer and you'll receive 2 months free! 

Free - Zoom Basic Plan

Zoom (video conferencing software) is offering up to 100 participants in a meeting and hold unlimited one-on-one meetings with the video-conference provider’s complimentary plan. This does provide a 40-minute limit on group meetings, though you’re not limited to the number of meetings.

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