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Microsoft now offers a free version of Teams

Microsoft now offers a free version of Teams Microsoft now offers a free version of Teams
Melba Vasquez | 13 July, 2018, 21:08

Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Clearly, Microsoft is flexing its infrastructure muscle with this Teams move.

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.

Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from-including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello. However, the free edition of Microsoft Team can still be used by up to 300 people - the same as the Essentials and Premium versions - which should be enough to cater for most small to medium sized businesses.

The system is created to enable organizations to reach optimum communication and collaboration-from anywhere in the world. It's nowhere close to Teams' unlimited searchable messages.

By comparison, the free version of Slack is limited to 10 app integrations, 5GB of file storage and doesn't permit guest access.

"What we've learnt from Teams in the first 16 months is that, firstly, it's fantastic in terms of a straight off-the-bat free service or additional value inside Office 365", Heard said. The paid version provides the same features, but with more storage, enterprise security, and accessibility for an entire organization, no matter the size, said the release. Office 365 will use facial detection to automatically detect when particular people are talking, allowing you to jump straight to their portions of the event. Maybe it's time for Slack to take out another newspaper ad.

Microsoft also is announcing officially today that its Microsoft Whiteboard app is now generally available for Windows 10. There are also close captions to make sure the feature is accessible to all. Microsoft has a long way to go to build up the sort of clout Slack has, and it's still missing important features like private channels, but a free tier is a big step in the right direction.

What just happened? Microsoft has gone on the offensive by offering a complementary version of Teams.

A free version of Teams users outside Microsoft's ecosystem a taste of what it can do.

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