3 Free, Awesome Collaboration Tools To Help You Deal With The Lockdown

Here’s how you can work from home better

Metro Manila is officially locked down in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the metropolis, and many of you reading have probably been instructed to work from home starting tomorrow. While bigger, better-equipped companies already have programs that they use to collaborate with their colleagues, many small to medium enterprises (SMEs) may not have the budget to spring for robust, collaboration tools.

Don’t worry – many companies like Microsoft and Google have made their collaboration tools free for a limited time to help people work from home:

Hangouts Meet:

Hangouts Meet is part of Google’s G Suite of productivity tools that include Google Docs and Google Sheets. While Hangouts Meet does have a free version, it also has both an enterprise version and an education version that Google is making free to use until July.

The premium features include being able to include up to 250 people in a call, live streaming up to 100,000 viewers with a domain, as well as being able to record and save meetings to Google Drive.

You can get it from here.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams:

Microsoft Teams is a great tool for collaboration for SMEs and is already the app of choice for many Fortune 500 businesses worldwide. There are quite a few features that make Microsoft Teams ideal for SMEs, which include chat messaging, built-in audio and video calling, scheduling meetings, recording meetings as well as OneDrive, SharePoint, Planner, Yammer, and more Office 365 services.

You can get it from here.


While both Hangouts Meet and Microsoft Teams offer a bevy of features to home workers, most of you probably just need a robust way to communicate with your colleagues. While many try to make do with Facebook Messenger, Slack has more robust features that’ll help when it comes to managing daily tasks and searching for documents.

You can get slack from here.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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