Google’s Search competitor Bing, has taken all the global reports of the novel coronavirus spread and turned them into a piece of live visual information. If you did not understand the word “pandemic” earlier, a single look at the user interface friendly map will put things into perspective.
General Manager for Microsoft Micheal Schechter revealed the map on his twitter page saying that the map was developed by Bing workers remotely.
The map shows infections, recoveries and death for each country and in some instances right down to regions/provinces. So one can zoom in to your local area, state or region to find out the effect and also, local news items carrying related-stories about the virus.
The map can be accessed on https://www.bing.com/covid
Bing launched this effort in less than a week after Microsoft joined other tech giants at the white house to discuss how they could help in the fight against the novel virus.
Google, on the other hand, is working on more information sites as well as a COVID-19 screening site that would guide residents in the states as to where to go for tests.
In addition to this, both companies have made their conferencing software premium plan free for anyone who needs it for a limited time.
Microsoft’s TEAMS according to The Verge plans to offer six months free trial of the premium tier for its teams’ software. Companies will need to work with someone at Microsoft to set this up while it also plans to remove restrictions on how many users can be added to teams.
On the other hand, Google’s HANGOUT announced that it is opening up free access to advanced video conferencing features within Hangouts for both Gsuite and Gsuite for Education users. This will allow up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a specific domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive. This will remain available until July 1, 2020.
In the first against this fast-spreading virus, Information is power. Seeing the reality of the spread may incentivize people more to follow the health official’s precautionary measures.