To support individuals and organizations around the world responding to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Microsoft Business Applications has announced several new offers surrounding Power Platform and Dynamics 365. These offers are intended to provide organizations with the personal and organizational agility they need, not only to weather the current crisis but to emerge with strong foundations for continued business growth.

Microsoft has therefore decided to release Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Apps Portals through free product offers for up to six months for customers in the Healthcare, Education, Non-profit, and Government sectors. Power Virtual Agents is also available to these customers, excluding government organizations in GCC data center regions.

As a Microsoft global partner, we are also extending the deadline for various licensing transitions. This will provide our customers with the time they need to prepare for the various transitions.

Learn more about this opportunity and the ways Business Applications solutions are helping organizations successfully address the COVID-19 in Alysa Taylor’s Corporate Vice President, Business Applications & Global Industry blog post here.

Power Platform emergency response solutions and 6-month free offer

Drive awareness and engagement with your customers about how Power Platform can be used to help organizations quickly build web and mobile applications to improve communication and streamline processes during an emergency response.

During the ongoing crisis, we have been helping our customers by building and deploying emergency response and industry Power Platform Solutions. We have turned these solutions into templates for all customers to leverage, including the use cases below, to help customers coordinate information and resources in response to the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Healthcare Emergency Resource Tracking solution. Power Platform worked with a local Seattle hospital to create apps and dashboards which provide visibility into available beds and supplies like masks and ventilators and gives hospital management a set of dashboards to support resourcing decisions. The solution has been converted into a template to enable any healthcare provider to implement it. Read more about the solution and share the full instructions for implementation with your Healthcare customers.
  • Crisis Communications solution. This low-code solution template combines Power Apps, Power Automate, Teams, and SharePoint to coordinate information sharing and team collaboration in response to evolving conditions. It has already been deployed by customers to over 2000 tenants. Read more about the solution and share instructions for implementation with your customers.
  • Crisis Bot template. These instructions help customers quickly build a bot using Power Virtual Agents to manage crisis response FAQ’s and get information out quickly in a chat interface that can be embedded in any website.

What you can do now:

If you belong to any of the eligible sectors, please contact us immediately to process your request with Microsoft. Also remember that Microsoft has made its collaboration and communication tool Microsoft Teams available at no cost to all organizations (6 months free up to a total of 1,000 employees per company). At AlfaPeople, as a Microsoft Partner, we can help you with the collaborative needs of your employees, which may include calls, online meetings, broadcasts, or simply keeping your employees working together.

Please contact us if you want to take up this opportunity for your team by writing to cfb@alfapeople.com and we will gladly help you with Microsoft Teams.