Microsoft launches free version of Teams

Angelica Greene
July 15, 2018

Microsoft is taking aim at Slack by offering its Microsoft Teams collaboration software completely free for up to 300 users and it includes a lot of features.

The company says more than 200,000 organizations use Microsoft Teams, which launched last spring.

The free version of Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft will continue to offer the full featured version, which increases storage allocation to 1 TB and grants full access to the Office 365 suite of web productivity tools.

Microsoft is also integrating its translation technology to improve collaboration between multi-language teams (available now for paid users, later in the year for free ones). Slack also limits free users to 10 app integrations, 5GB file storage, and audio and video calling for 1:1 conversations only. In addition to the 300-user limit, the free Teams supports up to 2 GB file storage per user, up to 10 GB per team. The system is created to enable organizations to reach optimum communication and collaboration-from anywhere in the world.

However he cautioned the free offer could make work for enterprise Microsoft shops unless managed.

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On Thursday, the company revealed a number of updates to both Microsoft 365 and the Microsoft Teams group chat software, which combines meetings, notes, chat, and attachments to help offices work better together. Everything lives inside Teams - people don't recognise they are leveraging Skype or SharePoint, or Word or Excel, or Power BI. Subscribers will also be able to use features like extra storage, scheduling and recording meetings, security compliance, and more.

What just happened? Microsoft has gone on the offensive by offering a complementary version of Teams. The idea is that users will eventually pay for a wider variety of apps and capabilities in Office 365 Business and Premium versions as their needs grow.

Korda Mentha was one of the first Australian businesses to adopt Microsoft Teams. "Whether you're a freelancer, a small business owner, or part of a team inside a large organization, you can start using Teams today".

Meanwhile Microsoft's Whiteboard "digital canvas" collaboration tool, which was unveiled as a public preview in December, is now generally available for Windows 10 and iOS.

Microsoft on Friday introduced new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered capabilities in Microsoft 365 that will allow people in an organisation create live and on-demand events.

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