Businesses Can Now Get Microsoft's Slack Rival for Free

Businesses Can Now Get Microsoft's Slack Rival for Free

Along with the announcement about the free version of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft today announced new features in Microsoft 365 that will allow anyone to create live and on-demand events.

In May this year Slack revealed its platform had more than eight million Daily Active Users (DAUs) across more than 500,000 organisations.

First of all, Microsoft Teams, the company's collaboration tool created to rival the likes of Slack, is getting a free tier for the first time, having previously been limited to Office 365 users.

Of course, Microsoft is leaving some of the goodies for people who subscribe to Microsoft 365, beyond just going over 300 team members.

With the launch of a free tier, Microsoft hopes to attract a wider audience to Teams, especially smaller businesses, startups and freelancers. As such, the free version of teams supports integration with with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

The other choice also only offers 5GB of file storage, a limit of 10 app integrations, and it only comes in five languages. Teams will allow users to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside the organization. However, Microsoft does offer those features starting with an Essentials plan for $5 per user/month and Premium for $12.50 per user/month.

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The freemium offering boosts the appeal of trying Teams in a market so far dominated by Slack.

Microsoft has been competing with Slack since introducing Teams in early 2017.

With the free Teams product, Microsoft is telling it's largest rivals - Cisco and Slack - that the company is in the market "to win it - or at least significantly disrupt it", Kurtzman said. Subscribers will also be able to use features like extra storage, scheduling and recording meetings, security compliance, and more.

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

The platform acts as a hub for chats, document sharing, video and voice calling, and is integrated with Microsoft 365 for simple and fast collaboration.

In March previous year Microsoft made Teams available to all Office 365 subscribers with Business Essentials, Business Premium and Enterprise plans. That's now been released from preview and is available for Windows 10, with mobile versions imminent as well as a web client for those on Windows Phone, probably.

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