Companies temporarily make office software free


The Corona crisis is making many employees in companies homeworkers for the first time. This is difficult not only for them, but also for the companies, some of which are not set up on it at all. Above all, the software for this is missing or has to be procured first. With e-mail and telephone, many employees nowadays do not get far, especially since they have to work in teams.

Now many companies have temporarily made their otherwise paid offers free of charge. We have revised our article, grouped the applications and provide more information about the offers of help.

Office software

  • Microsoft Office 365/Microsoft 365
  • Google G Suite
  • SoftMaker Office NX Home

Microsoft offers its collaboration software teams for individuals free of charge on, while business customers with an Office 365 subscription can get a half-year E1 license to use teams. To do this, the company must contact a Microsoft partner or Microsoft sales.

Microsoft 365 (Image: Microsoft)

Educational institutions receive a much larger Microsoft gift: Office 365 A1 with online versions of Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint as well as teams is completely free.

Microsoft offers its Collaboration Software Teams free of charge on, while business customers with an Office 365 subscription can get a half-year E1 license to use teams. To do this, the company must contact a Microsoft partner or Microsoft sales.

Google allows users of the G Suite and G Suite Education (Office software on the web) the use of meeting rooms with up to 250 people. Saving the meetings in Google Drive is also part of this, so that even non-participants can view the events later.

With SoftMaker Office NX Home learners can get an Office suite for Windows, macOS and Linux for free. The license is valid for half a year. The applications replace Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and are also largely error-free to import the formats.

Home Office and video conferencing software

  • Teamviewer
  • Cisco’s WebEx
  • Krisp – Noise Cancellation for Video Conferencing
  • Fastviewer
  • Adobe Connect
  • Discord
  • Zoom

At Teamviewer (Remote maintenance software for screen sharing, video conferencing, file transfer and VPN) companies can now use the free version. They shouldn’t overdo it – with more than 150 simultaneous connections, the company then steps in and cuts the connection. But the supply is likely to be sufficient for most of the purposes of smaller companies.

Cisco expands the free offer of the WebEx software for virtual team meetings. The free version is available for 100 participants and sessions are not limited in time. If you are not yet using WebEx, you can now use these services free of charge for a quarter of a year.

The Krisp software is eliminated Noise at VOIP and video conferencing noise cancellation (NoiseCancelling) as with professional headsets and headphones. The good thing about Krisp: The noise filter works on Mac, on Windows with all conferencing solutions. On iOS, his abilities are limited – to do this, a calendar entry to a conference must always be created, which Krisp then recognizes.

Krisp eliminates background noise
Krisp eliminates background noise (Image: CC0)

The Fastviewer is a competitor to Teamviewer and also allows access to other computers. For example, the user can access his office PC from home. The software is free for three months – only one form must be filled inbefore you get to the applications that are available for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. For existing customer contracts, the purchased license volume is available in double quantities – free of charge until 30 June 2020 and only on request.

With Adobe Connect Can Webinars and presentation online be carried out. Ideal for teachers and students. The software can be used free of charge until 1 July 2020, but there is an annoying limitation: a maximum of 25 people can participate per learning room. So not so good for large classes or employee e-learnings.

This restriction exists in the case of Discord but it can be up to 50 people participate for free. What is Discord? Gamers usually talk and chat with each other, but the software can also screen sharing and is therefore also ideal for school classes or corporate events. Discord is available for Windows, Linux, Android, macOSand for various browsers.

Discord - not only for players
Discord – not only for players (Image: Discord)

For videoconferencing, Zoom also with several participants. Free video calls with optional screen sharing with up to 100 participants for a period of 40 minutes each can currently be carried out free of charge. The conferences can also be recorded and archived. Schools are currently allowed to zoom against proof without time limit Use.

Video and music software

  • Affinity Suite
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Avid
  • Moog

The Affinity Suite with Affinity Photo, Affinity Publisher and Affinity Designer there are currently for half the price. In addition, manufacturer Serif Affinity has 90-day trial of the individual programmes. Affinity Photo competes with Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Publisher with InDesign, and Affinity Designer competes with Adobe Illustrator.

Affinity Photo
Affinity Photo (Image: Affinity)

Apple has launched the testing phase for the video editing software Final Cut Pro X Extended: Until now, there was only 30 days of the possibility to try out the software – without Watermarks, mind you. The test period has now been extended to 90 days. Whether this will reach the end of the Corona crisis is, of course, uncertain. Final Cut Pro X costs 330 euros in the App Store.

Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro (Image: Apple)

Logic Pro X is Apple’s music production tool, of which there has been no trial version. Now a free trial version is being launched, which also runs for 3 months without restrictions. If you want, you can buy the software afterwards for 230 euros, but that is not an obligation.

The trial versions for both models are not available in the Mac App Store, but can only be obtained from the official websites. Final Cut Pro X 10.4.8 is now available for testingApple Logic Pro X is also available.

Adobe has an offer for students and teachers: The Adobe Creative Cloud is free of charge. However, this is only possible if the schools or universities are already customers and offer the Creative Suite to their students.

Adobe’s competitor Avid is also quite bureaucratic here. Interested parties can request free licenses of the audio and video editing software Media Composer, Pro-Tools and Sibelius, but only on request (Pdf) . Use is limited to 90 days.

Avid software
Avid software (Image: Avid)

The synthesizer manufacturer Moog offers the software for the emulation of the Minimoog Model D from 1970 as iOS appfree of charge. Normally, the app costs around 5 euros. Android users look into the tube, for them the app never existed.


  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Vodafone
  • Aldi Talk

The Deutsche Telekom gives each contract holder 10 GByte per month. This is valid until further notice. Private customers with a prepaid or postpaid contract book the additional data volume via the MeinMagenta app – business customers via

10 GByte extra for each contract customer
10 GByte extra for each contract customer (Image: Deutsche Telekom)

Vodafone is not quite as kind and only releases the data volume for the mobile use of social media. This means that Vodafone no longer calculates data consumption caused by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, Snapchat, Pinterest and Lovoo.

Prepaid providers Aldi Talk will no longer limit the data volume in the future. This applies to all tariffs. After consuming the data volume of the Aldi Talk fare, users should be able to continue surfing at a higher speed indefinitely.

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