Microsoft Teams Free Version Is Now Available

Under the hood of Microsoft’s live event feature

First, you only get to search the most recent 10 thousand messages - which, by the way, is actually one of the most annoying and limiting parts of Slack's free product.

Microsoft 365 teamwork general manager Lori Wright told me that Teams' free tier is meant to be an "onramp" to paid Office 365 and Microsoft 365 accounts, a vital and growing component of the company's business. Microsoft Teams' free version comes with unlimited chat messages and search, unlimited app integrations, 10GB of team storage, 2GB of storage per user, native audio and video calling for 1:1 conversations, groups, and the full team.

Ever since its introduction, Microsoft's Teams-a collaboration tool for chatting, sharing documents, video, and voice calling-has had one major competitor: Slack.

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.


Clearly, Microsoft is flexing its infrastructure muscle with this Teams move. Teams free offers unlimited app integrations with 140-plus business apps to choose from, including Adobe, Evernote and Trello.

Slack has been a popular team collaboration platform for a number of years, but its popularity has slanted toward tech companies and startups.

On Thursday, Microsoft launched a free version of Teams worldwide across 40 languages. Microsoft Teams free version is limited to up to 300 users and it's a very useful solution for small to medium sized businesses and project teams. Granted, there's always the chance Slack could improve its free offering to counter Microsoft, but we've heard of no such plans yet. "Teams in Microsoft 365 includes everything in the free version plus additional storage, enterprise security, and compliance, and it can be used for your whole organization, regardless of size", Markezich emphasized. Microsoft also showed off new live event capabilities for Office among other productivity features and new offerings for Azure and Power BI.

The version of Microsoft Teams is rolling out today, and that'll most probably boost its growth.

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