Microsoft Teams is now available to use for free

Donna Miller
July 13, 2018

Slack has one, and it's an easy way to onboard customers in hopes they'll upgrade later.

Microsoft has done a good job of positioning Teams as the central app for productivity inside the Office 365 ecosystem.

Unlimited chat messages and search.

Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups. In materials describing the free version of Teams, Microsoft included comparisons with Slack for the number of languages the programs are available in, storage space, message search and more. And of course, it'll tie into all of the Office 365 online apps, like Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote.

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

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

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The free version supports up to 300 users per company and offers numerous same features as the version inside Office 365, such as video and audio calling for one-on-one meetings and bigger events, the ability to search messages and integrations with other Microsoft products as well as more than 140 third-party apps.

Even though this iteration is free, it's far more robust than I thought it would be considering there is no cost to use the software. Maybe it's time for Slack to take out another newspaper ad. 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.

Microsoft is also debuting a set of futuristic new meeting features first teased during its Build conference earlier this year.

A speaker timeline, which uses facial detection to identify who is talking, so you can easily jump to a particular speaker in the event. There are also close captions to make sure the feature is 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.

The free version of Microsoft Teams is available for anyone to download and try starting today.

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