Overview: Software Tips for the Coronavirus Pandemic | heise online

The current corona pandemic is forcing numerous people to completely change their everyday lives. Many work in the home office, but still have to communicate with colleagues and partners. The children are also at home, but should continue to be educated. And entertainment and sport should not be neglected either, as public life is increasingly shut down. Digital solutions help to master these challenges. Many companies even offer some services during the acute phase free of charge. We show an overview of the most interesting applications and apps.


  • Google G Suite: Google's G Suite is designed to ensure collaboration across local borders. Google will unlock the enterprise features for all users by July 1, 2020 at no additional cost. This means, for example, that the extended functions of Hangouts Meet video conferences can also be used free of charge. These can be carried out with up to 250 participants and can also be recorded and saved in Google Drive. In addition, live streams are possible for up to 100,000 users.
  • Lifesize: Meetings and video chats can also be carried out with Lifesize. The manufacturer currently offers the premium subscription for 6 months free of charge. Usually you can only test the tool for 14 days free of charge. With this account, up to 25 participants can take part in the conference, which is called up via browser, desktop app (Windows and Mac) or mobile app (Android and iOS).
  • Microsoft Teams: Colleagues in the home office can continue to work with Microsoft Teams. For example, multiple employees can edit Office documents in real time. Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365. When companies are licensed for Office 365, employees already have it. In this case, individuals can immediately register for the free subscription: For companies that are not yet licensed for teams, the Redmond company offers a free Office 365 E1 offer for 6 months, which must be registered with a Microsoft partner or sales . Educational institutions can use Office 365 A1, which is free for them anyway.
  • Pronto: The American manufacturer offers its video chat solutions free of charge for teams in companies as well as for teachers and lecturers during the Corona crisis.
  • TeamViewer: The free version of the popular software for remote access and remote maintenance is normally only intended for private, non-commercial use. However, anyone who also uses them professionally during the Corona crisis does not have to fear payment requests. Unofficially, it is said that with less than 150 simultaneous connections, one does not currently look closely whether the free version is also used for professional purposes.
  • Zoho Remotely: The Indian cloud suite Remotely can also be used free of charge until July 1st. It contains a large number of web and mobile apps to communicate with colleagues who work remotely, for example via video chat, or to work together on documents and files.

Network & infrastructure:

  • Cloudfare for teams: VPNfare can be established with Cloudfare to enable home office employees to work safely and easily. The manufacturer currently offers Cloudflare for Teams to smaller companies worldwide free of charge, for at least 6 months.
  • NGINX Plus: The NGINX web server is available free of charge as open source, but there is also a paid version with NGINX Plus. This includes, for example, a load balancer that can be placed in front of an existing web infrastructure in order to increase performance. This is for non-commercial organizations, the education sector and public administration Plus version now free for one year. Technical support is usually also subject to a fee, but in the current situation it should also be offered to users of the free version if possible.

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  • Folding @ home: Corona virus is not only researched with test tubes and petri dishes, but also with computers. The Folding @ Home project combines the helpers' desktop computers into a network, in order to perform calculations for simulations, among other things. If you want to dedicate your domestic computing power to the fight against Corona, among other things, you only need to install the client software.
  • LOOX: Especially in the home office, the movement is sometimes neglected all the more. After all, there is no way to work. And as more and more fitness centers close, sports apps are enjoying great popularity. McFit not only provides free training tips on its website, but is also currently offering its LOOX fitness app, which normally costs € 1.99 per month, for free. Here you can choose between different entry types and put together your own training plan.


  • The first: On a separate website, the first provides an overview of the ARD-wide range of learning content, which includes broadcasts on TV, content in the ARD media library and online offers. The Bavarian broadcasting company, which in partnership with the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, offers a special offer for learning at home on ARD-alpha, in the BR media library and the "mebis" information portal, is the leading player here. Very nice: The program with the mouse will now be broadcast daily from March 18, 2020.
  • Duden learning attack: The more than 40,000 learning content on the joint learning platform from Duden and Cornselsen will also be available free of charge for the next two months. The offer is valid for 9 school subjects from the fourth class and includes, in addition to original class work, learning packages and exercises according to the curriculum.


  • SnagIt: With SnagIt, screenshots can be taken at the push of a button and stored in a preferred folder. The screen grabber is currently available free of charge until the end of June 2020.
  • Video review: The same also applies to the video feedback tool Video Review offered by the same manufacturer, which can be used to review and comment on films.


  • Goat of Duty: The multiplayer shooter is until 31.03. available for free
  • If you want to stock up on game goods at low cost, you can trust the usual sales: among other things Steam, GOG and the Humble store are currently releasing games at a special price. At GOG, all titles are DRM-free, while in the Humble Store you can donate to a good cause with every purchase.


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