Microsoft Teams Free Version Is Now Available

Microsoft introduces a free version of Teams, going head-to-head with Slack

Ahead of the Teams announcement, Slack on Tuesday announced improvements to its own chat app's search features that the startup said will make it easier for users to find messages.

You can store unlimited chat messages in Teams free version and just like the premium version, it also comes with built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and small businesses. Free Teams supports group voice and video calling, too; Slack's free tier is restricted to 1:1 video calls. Application integrations are unrestricted, and Microsoft is of course continuing to promote the tie-ins with the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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

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

Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft's secure, global infrastructure.

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"We naturally want customers who are using the free version to upgrade to the full Office 365 version", Lori Wright, general manager of Microsoft 365 Teamwork, told Reuters in a June 28 interview. Subscribers will also be able to use features like extra storage, scheduling and recording meetings, security compliance, and more. 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.

Microsoft showed off in a concept demonstration at its Build 2018 conference earlier this year some of the capabilities that will be part of Live Events (though officials didn't explain at that time how these capabilities meant to improve and modernize meetings would come to fruition).

Closed captions to make the event more accessible to all.

Microsoft Corp on Thursday introduced a free tier of its workplace collaboration software Teams to better compete against rival Slack Technologies Inc in a market analysts view as a main battleground in the world of enterprise software. This free version is pretty great value overall, but Microsoft still hopes to get some users on board with the paid version eventually.

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