Coronavirus: Do you plan to work from home? Here are some free tools

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With the number of coronavirus cases rising worldwide many authorities have announced measures, prioritizing isolation, to keep the public safe.

The coronavirus outbreak has so far killed 7,477 and infected 186,992 people worldwide.

Private offices, malls, movie theatres, gyms, and more such public places have been ordered shut by various governments.

However, since some organizations cannot afford to stay closed for very long, they have resorted to asking employees to work from home.

If you are an employee facing such a predicament you will have to find ways to adjust to working from home during this critical time.

For starters, you obviously need a good laptop/computer and a reliable Internet connection. Provided that you have those, here are some tools to help you keep your productivity high while working from home.


Slack helps co-workers across different locations collaborate effectively. It becomes particularly useful if every individual member of a team is in a separate location. It lets you have individual chats with co-workers, create groups for particular sections or topics within your team, and also maintain a message history. It is a functional, feature-filled option to ensure that you stay online and connected.

Google Hangouts

Hangouts can be used for text messages and group video calls. Users can effectively switch between participants, quickly turn on and off audio and video for ease of communication, and have remote conversations seamlessly.


Trello allows you to manage particular projects, keep track of them through the processes, and add comments or collaborators on these when necessary. Trello’s visual interface and drag-and-drop functionality helps make project management easier.

Google Keep

Google Keep lets you create specific lists, take notes with pictures and audio clips, and share them with co-workers when needed.

Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drive

Google’s suite lets you work on worksheets, written documents, presentations, and more, directly using a browser. These files can be saved to offline versions if needed, but are usually saved on the cloud, and linked to your Google account. You can then share them with specific users, or create shareable links that can be accessed by anyone.

Google Drive links all of these other Google apps but also lets you share large files such as videos or image albums. These are stored on the cloud, and Google gives a modest 15GB of cloud storage per account for free.

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