Microsoft Teams is now available to use for free

Microsoft Teams is now available to use for free

Taking on professional collaboration tool Slack, Microsoft's Teams is now available for free in 40 languages worldwide.

To address the growing collaboration needs of our customers, a year ago we introduced Microsoft Teams, a powerful hub for teamwork that brings together chat, meetings, calling, files, and apps into a shared workspace in Microsoft 365. It's a freemium model.

Non-paying users have access to the same basic features offered in the full app, with unlimited messages and search, guest access, audio and video calls and screen sharing.

The free version allows for 2GB of file storage per user and 10GB of shared storage, notably less than the 1TB per user offered by the paid-for package.

Like Slack, the Microsoft Teams tool aims to help workers chat and share information with their enterprise colleagues, and has been tightly integrated with the familiar Office applications. Teams free offers unlimited app integrations with 140-plus business apps to choose from, including Adobe, Evernote and Trello. The main "con" we noted at the time was that Teams could only be used as part of Office 365.

What just happened? Microsoft has gone on the offensive by offering a complementary version of Teams. Currently, Microsoft boasts of 200,000 individual business subscribers in over 181 countries. Premium features include 1TB of storage per user, meeting recordings, multi-factor authentication, and enhanced security measures. Much of its popularity comes from the availability of a free tier, which allows smaller teams with budget constraints to use the service as well.

Pak vs Zim, Ist ODI: Ton-up Imam, Fakhar lift Pakistan to 308
Opener Imam-u-Haq scored a magnificent century and took his side to 308/7 in the first ODI match against Zimbabwe on Friday. While they won one match by 104 runs, the other two triumphs were by seven runs and five runs respectively.

"We recognised not everybody is on Microsoft 365 today, or yet, and so it's a really exciting step for us in offering a free version of Microsoft Teams globally".

Microsoft is pushing this free version out the door later than it probably should have.

Thus far, Microsoft has pushed Teams' extensive integration with the company's other products-Office, Skype, SharePoint-as its major distinguishing feature, but Slack has had one important capability that Teams has lacked. The company had reported Teams adoption in 125,000 organisations across the world in September 2017. Starting today, freelancers, SMBs and everyone else can try a free version of Microsoft Teams and collaborate with up to 300 people. "While Slack was moving from small groups to large groups, Microsoft started with Teams and large enterprises and [is] moving their way down the stack", said Moorhead.

In Microsoft 365, users can create live and on-demand events, the company announced in the news briefing.

Moving ahead, the tech giant has made Microsoft Whiteboard generally available for Windows 10, and preview on the web.

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