Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Microsoft launches free Teams version, available worldwide in 40 languages

Microsoft launches free Teams version, available worldwide in 40 languages

On Thursday, Microsoft launched a free version of Teams worldwide across 40 languages. Users will be able to create servers that hold up to 300 people with unlimited chat messages and search. However, the free edition of Microsoft Team can still be used by up to 300 people - the same as the Essentials and Premium versions - which should be enough to cater for most small to medium sized businesses.

Microsoft Teams has been gunning for a slice of Slack's user base ever since it was first announced, and today, Microsoft is looking to ramp up competition. Free Teams supports group voice and video calling, too; Slack's free tier is restricted to 1:1 video calls.

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

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

Using collaborative insights from Microsoft Graph, Workplace Analytics uses aggregate data to help improve team collaboration, share insights, and recommend habits to particular teams, said the release. Microsoft's offering additionally boasts guest access.

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

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Offering a free version will be an easier way for companies interested in the service to try it out, and could serve as a gateway for more businesses to sign up for the full 365 suite.

Microsoft said at the time that it had opened up the API set for Teams to allow partners to develop connectors for their customers' applications to integrate into the platform, which was taken up early by the likes of ServiceNow, SAP and Twitter. I think it's fair to say the free version is definitely meant to work like a freemium service and entice users to upgrade to the paid version of Teams.

Also new is Whiteboard, Microsoft's digital app that replicates a... well... whiteboard. The starting price for Slack is free.

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