Microsoft Teams Free Version Is Now Available

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

Slack also limits free users to 10 app integrations, 5GB file storage, and audio and video calling for 1:1 conversations only.

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

With the launch of the free version of Teams, Microsoft Australia's modern workplace lead Ian Heard told CRN there would be even more opportunities for its partners to migrate customers to a premium Office 365 or Microsoft 365 account further down the line.

The system is created to enable organizations to reach optimum communication and collaboration-from anywhere in the world. You can only search the last 10,000 messages, which could be insufficient after a few years or with a larger team.

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

The free version will offer access to group messaging and collaboration app without requiring an Office 365 subscription.

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Along with content creation with Office Online Apps, the free Microsoft Teams has one major selling point that Slack will never be able to match: full integration into the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, itself already a highly popular enterprise workplace suite of office productivity tools, complete with additional storage, enterprise security and compliance functionality. Maybe it's time for Slack to take out another newspaper ad.

Microsoft is also debuting a set of futuristic new meeting features first teased during its Build conference earlier this year. Artificial intelligence (AI) improves the on-demand feature with a speaker timeline, using facial detection to determine who is talking, transcription and transcript search, and closed captioning, said the release.

Microsoft's free tier of Teams is available from the Office website. There are also close captions to make sure the feature is accessible to all. Slack has offered a free version since it first arrived on the scene, and looking at Slack's dominance today, it seems like it was a good move.

The free version of Teams is available in 40 languages and includes the ability to translate within the app. Organizations get 10GB of storage as well as 2GB of storage for individuals.

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

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