In some cases companies are providing concessional use to existing customers, but others are extending offers to people or organisations with whom they have no current relationship.
Whether these offers are being made for completely altruistic reasons or with the aim of picking up new customers doesn't really matter. Either way, they help organisations and individuals weather the current storm, or make good use of the extra free time forced upon them.
Packt is making its interactive workshops free for all accounts until the end of May 2020.
Company officials said "Add any Workshop on courses.packtpub.com to your cart and use the code PACKTFREE to unlock access. Though these titles were available as books in your subscription, the interactive workshops are filled with videos, quizzes and step-by-step instructions. They do not require a subscription to access and provide a great way to learn a new programming language or brush up on your data science skills."
New users are required to register a new account, but that process is free of charge.
The temporarily free workshops cover areas including web development, data science, and programming languages such as Python, Ruby and Go.
TechSmith is making its SnagIt and Video Review products available free of charge to organisations (including schools and other academic institutions) until 30 June 2020.
SnagIt is a well-regarded screen capture and recording tool.
It can be used to create training materials, and to record online meetings and presentations.
Video Review is a collaborative feedback tool, allowing online reviews of recorded presentations to replace face-to-face meetings.
It is necessary to apply to TechSmith using this form to take advantage of the offer.
Existing Video Review users are being allowed to increase their usage levels at no extra charge.
Similarly, TechSmith Relay customers will be provided with an expanded site licence allowing campus-wide access until the end of June.
iTWire previously reported Pluralsight's offer of free courses, Procore's concessions to existing customers, and Optus's free mobile phone services for health workers.