Microsoft takes the fight to Slack with a free version of Teams

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

Microsoft today debuted a free version of Microsoft Teams, expanding the reach of the company's Slack competitor beyond the Office 365 ecosystem. Users will be able to create servers that hold up to 300 people with unlimited chat messages and search.

It also lets Microsoft compete more directly with Slack, the San Francisco startup that has been a massive hit for workplace instant messaging.

While the free version of Teams will not offer the same functionality as the Office 365 version, it will include some features not offered in the free versions of Slack that could lure prospective customers, including unlimited search and unlimited app integrations.

Microsoft introduced Teams in late 2016 as an alternative to Slack, the popular team collaboration tool.

It also provides access and integrations with the online version of Office 365 applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, along with more than 140 third-party application integration with the likes of Adobe, Evernote, Github and Trello.

Microsoft introduced Teams in March previous year, making it available as part of Office 365 to new and existing customers, in response to popular collaboration tools from the likes of Slack, Atlassian and Facebook.

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

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

To address the growing collaboration needs of our customers, past year we introduced Microsoft Teams, a powerful hub for teamwork that brings together chat, meetings, calling, files, and apps into a shared workspace in Microsoft 365. Granted, there's always the chance Slack could improve its free offering to counter Microsoft, but we've heard of no such plans yet. 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.

The software giant said more than 200,000 businesses are already using the platform worldwide.

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 also is announcing officially today that its Microsoft Whiteboard app is now generally available for Windows 10.

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