The tech company responds to the COVID-19 pandemic by waiving fees for students and teachers. Meanwhile, others take advantage of the cancellation loophole.
As schools and colleges close down amid the coronavirus outbreak, Adobe has stepped in to provide students and teachers that are not able to attend classes with free remote access to the Creative Cloud suite. The temporary licenses are currently available up until May 2020, allowing coursework to continue during the self-isolation period.
To access the offer, an IT admin will need to request access on behalf of institutions by completing and submitting this form. At the moment, this will be granted to Adobe education customers. Once the request has been reviewed, administrators are expected to receive a response and access by March 20 or earlier.
While this offer is limited to higher education and K-12 customers, it hasn’t stopped from others exposing a cancellation loophole. As part of their customer retention efforts, Adobe offers existing subscribers an additional 2 months free when they cancel their plan. Although this isn’t recommended, it would definitely be a welcomed surprise to many creative freelancers that could use these difficult times.
In addition to this, the software giant has also announced that its Connect web conferencing software would allow free 90-day access.
Adobe isn’t the only company giving back during the outbreak. Here are a few other tech firms that are supporting communities with free remote access:
1. Google announced that it would offer free access to its advanced G Suite for Education software until July 1, 2020.
2. Loom has made Loom Pro free for students and teachers.
2. LinkedIn is offering learning courses for free to everyone.
3. Microsoft is offering its Teams chat software for free over the next six months.
4. UberEats and DoorDash have waived commission fees for independent restaurant partners.
[Featured image #CreativityForAll campaign teaser by Adobe]