Microsoft Teams becomes free!

+ An introductory tour of Teams for beginners

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Microsoft Teams announced a few weeks ago that they are releasing a free edition to the world!

Teams would become a part-free experience allowing members to access teams without the fees inclusive of your Office 365 experience.

Of course, this takes Microsoft right next to Slack in competition. The Verge article on this rounds the challenge between these two very well!

What does the Microsoft Teams free plan include?!

There’s plenty to be happy about with Microsoft Teams free edition.

Features of Teams include:

  • Unlimited Messages & Search
  • Guest Access
  • 300 Max Users Limit
  • Word, Excel, Powerpoint + OneNote apps for Teams
  • 140+ intergrations
  • File Storage (2 GB/user and 10 GB of shared storage)
  • 1:1 Group Video Calls
  • Channel Meetings
  • Screensharing

This seems fairly reasonable.

You will lack the following elements, as they are available in paid plans:

  • Email Hosting
  • Custom Domain
  • OneDrive & Office 365 services
  • 1TB of storage
  • Scheduled Meetings
  • Meeting Recordings

You can get hold of your free Teams account below:

With Microsoft Teams going up against Slack, many people are questioning their free pricing. Slack doesn’t have a very inclusive plan for this.

With Slack free, you and your team will get:

  • Search for up to 10k messages
  • Up to 10 integrations
  • 1:1 video calls
  • 5GB limit storage

The limits to your search and integration is a hit for many and the lack screen sharing option and guest access too is disappointing.

Slack does offer more storage in the free experience per user, whereas Teams makes up for this with 10GB of shared space.

You can find Slack’s full pricing here.

It’s a huge shame Slack has hidden unlimited search under their $6.67 per user/per month account but they are sure to react soon, I’m sure of it.

+ BONUS

Last week, I collab’d with Matt from Collaboration Coach to create an introductory tour of Microsoft Teams if it’s new to you and you’d like to explore more, you can watch the full video below!

Huge kudos to Matt on such an awesome video!

Stay tuned on the YouTube channel for more features.

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