Remote work & study amid a pandemic: Top 5 useful apps

Whether you’re new to remote work or not, COVID-19 brought challenges for all employees and freelancers around the globe.

Due to coronavirus pandemic, thousands of companies and organizations are asking their employees to work from home right now.

This is a really difficult transition for most of the teams. All of them should redefine the way they used to function. This applies first and foremost to the in-team and cross-team communication.

It’s a usual thing for every office worker to share huge amounts of information personally: quick questions, meetings, brainstorming, one-on-ones during lunch, and a lot of other ways to interact with each other.

Effective communication is one of the most important parts of every team’s success. Remote communication presents many challenges that require robust software solutions.

We cannot fail to mention here the coronavirus pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide. Yet here we are facing an uncomfortable reality: the near-total closures of schools, universities and colleges, and shifts to remote study.

The biggest advantage of online learning is that it makes education more accessible to students around the globe and it’s very convenient for working students. But as a result, there’s a great demand for educational applications, platforms, and resources, which can help teachers, school administrators, parents, and students to facilitate or to continue studying.

Today we’d like to set your eyes on some free, open-source, and, at the same time, highly secure and easy-to-use applications to simplify your remote work and study. Each of these apps is available through Hidora Cloud Marketplace and can be up and running in some minutes.

1. Jitsi Video Conferencing Server

Jitsi is a free open-source cross-platform software for video conferencing, instant text messaging (IM) and voice messaging (Voice over IP, VoIP).

Jitsi Video Conferencing Server along with Jitsi Meet application lets you to have conferences on the internet for free even without account needed.

This is a fully customizable, scalable, easy to control, incredibly secure and feature-rich solution, perfect for remote everyday use.

You can easily share your screen, documents and presentations with colleagues, invite them to a conference through custom url, trade messages via integrated chat and much more.

2. Mattermost

Mattermost is an open-source, self-hostable, flexible messaging platform that enables secure team collaboration.

This is a good free Slack and Microsoft Teams alternative with file sharing, search features, and hundreds of integrations.

It is designed as an internal chat for organizations and companies to collaborate in a locked-down private network, as well as remotely over VPNs without worrying about security or data privacy. So, in other words, you get all the benefits of modern collaboration without sacrificing privacy.

3. Nextcloud

Nextcloud is one of the most popular self-hosted collaboration solutions that put your data (documents, photos, calendar, contacts, etc.) at your fingertips, under your control.

You easily share and collaborate on docs, manage your calendar, send and receive emails, and even have video conferences.

This is a fully on-premises productivity platform, which provides all the benefits of online collaboration without data leaks and any other security risks.

The Nextcloud innovative security technologies allow handling a wide range of security hardenings.

4. Rocket.Chat

Rocket.Chat is a free open-source collaboration platform designed to improve team productivity and digital workflow.

You can communicate and collaborate with your team, share files, chat in real time, or switch to video or audio calls with screen sharing for more efficient teamwork.

Moreover Rocket.Chat software replaces email and allows to speak to your team openly for greater transparency.

Having complete access to the source code, you can fully customize, extend, or add new functions to meet all your needs.

5. Moodle

The icing on the cake is Moodle, an open-source learning management system, designed to provide educators and learners with a single robust, secure, and integrated system to create personalized learning environments.

It’s absolutely free learning platform that enables educators to create their own private websites filled with dynamic courses.

Moodle is a highly customizable solution with a wide range of features provided, among them: personalized dashboard, tons of different collaborative tools, file management, all-in-one calendar, text editor, progress tracking, and much more.

Automatic Deployment

This is a no-brainer to install all the mentioned above applications from Hidora Marketplace. The whole process will take probably less than a minute. Just complete the following:

1. Log into your Hidora cloud account.
2. Click on the Marketplace button.


3. Use search to find the application you need and click Install.

In a minute or so the deployment will be completed and you can start using your app.

This is an unprecedented situation for many of us across the world and stressful times for sure.

We hope this post becomes an essential resource for discovering the new tools, opportunities, and the information you need to keep working and studying during the days ahead.

If you give the listed above applications a try the transition to the new #WFH reality can be much smoother and more productive.

Moreover, you can easily deploy them to the cloud and get even more benefits from the combination of amazing tools with scalable and reliable Hidora Cloud hosting.

Written by

jean luc dubouchet hidora

Jean-Luc is a Junior Full-Stack Tech Engineer at Hidora with a strong IT background. He is consulting clients about DevOps and also helping Hidora’s customers to make automation deployments and migrate their environments.