Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Microsoft Teams Free Version Is Now Available

Microsoft Teams Free Version Is Now Available

The free version supports up to 300 users per company and offers numerous same features as the version inside Office 365, such as video and audio calling for one-on-one meetings and bigger events, the ability to search messages and integrations with other Microsoft products as well as more than 140 third-party apps.

However the real hook is likely to be that corporate users will be able to keep an eye on and get hold of external and contingent users without leaving the confines of their integrated Microsoft environment. The free version also means that Slack has found a role in various non-paying spheres, such as open source development, serving a similar role to the one once served by IRC.

Microsoft says that more than 200,000 businesses are now using the Teams app in 181 markets and it would soon replace Skype for Business as the chat-based collaboration hub for Office 365. Free Teams supports group voice and video calling, too; Slack's free tier is restricted to 1:1 video calls.

Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from-including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.

The Redmond company announced the free option Thursday, which is now available to groups of 300 people or less. The company has made continuous investments to make sure that as new organizations try out Teams and established enterprises adopt the platform, that it has all the functionality a modern collaboration tool requires to be a true value-add application.

Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft's secure, global infrastructure. You can only search the last 10,000 messages, which could be insufficient after a few years or with a larger team.

10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.

Of course, the idea is for this to be an introductory offering, and Microsoft is hoping that businesses will try the product and then upgrade to Microsoft 365.

Microsoft is also debuting a set of futuristic new meeting features first teased during its Build conference earlier this year.

Along with the announcement about the free version of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft today announced new features in Microsoft 365 that will allow anyone to create live and on-demand events.

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