Microsoft Teams Free Version Is Now Available

Under the hood of Microsoft’s live event feature

Under the hood of Microsoft’s live event feature

Beginning today, Teams is available in a free version worldwide in 40 languages.

The free version of the product is meant to make it easy for potential customers, typically teams of workers and small businesses, to start using Microsoft's products and become embedded in them.

After its launch a year ago, Microsoft Teams now functions in more than 200,000 businesses across 181 markets, according to the press release.

With this free version, Microsoft is hoping to attract more of smaller businesses, start-ups and freelancers.

We have been reporting about Microsoft planning a free version of Teams for a while.

The free Microsoft Teams offers support for up to 300 users with unlimited chat messages and search; built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups and full team meetups; and 10 gigabytes of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.


At the next level, the free Microsoft Teams pulls way ahead of Slack with integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote - not the least bit surprising given Office is Microsoft's flagship office software suite.

The system is created to enable organizations to reach optimum communication and collaboration-from anywhere in the world. Granted, there's always the chance Slack could improve its free offering to counter Microsoft, but we've heard of no such plans yet. You only get 5 GB of storage, 10 integrations, no guest accounts, and videos are limited to 1-on-1 sessions.

Microsoft said at the time that it had opened up the API set for Teams to allow partners to develop connectors for their customers' applications to integrate into the platform, which was taken up early by the likes of ServiceNow, SAP and Twitter.

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

Microsoft is also promoting some new features for all Teams users, both paid and unpaid.

Microsoft Whiteboard is now available on Windows 10, but is also coming soon to iOS, said the release. 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.

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