Microsoft fires fresh salvo in enterprise chat battle with Slack

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

Microsoft Teams is now available to use for free

Taking on professional collaboration tool Slack, Microsoft's Teams is now available for free in 40 languages worldwide.

Microsoft says that this is the most generous free offering on the market.

Microsoft has upped the ante against popular chat software startup Slack by launching a free version of its own chat service, Teams.

In addition to functions like group video chat and voice calling, Teams gives each user 2GB of free storage and an additional 10GB that's shared between all members of the organization.

At the next level, the Teams free version features integration with Office Online apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. As a free user, you'll be able to "communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization", Amjadi wrote. Currently, Microsoft boasts of 200,000 individual business subscribers in over 181 countries.

Microsoft sees Slack as a top competitor, and is trying to establish Teams as a one-stop repository for any document that a team collectively needs to work on.

Microsoft has also offered unlimited access to a selection of 140 third-party app integrations with this free version.

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Both free and paid versions of Teams also offer integration with a range of apps including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.

However, the free tier limits storage and other features, and lacks certain security, compliance and support capabilities that may be required by enterprise users.

"Microsoft Teams has had some really strong market traction here in Australia".

Here are the four new features for the Teams app and Microsoft 365, and what you can expect from thee updates, according to a Thursday news briefing. "While Slack was moving from small groups to large groups, Microsoft started with Teams and large enterprises and [is] moving their way down the stack", said Moorhead.

First introduced past year, Microsoft 365 brought together various productivity services from Microsoft including Office 365 and Windows 10, in addition to enhanced security, mainly for enterprise customers.

Microsoft on Friday introduced new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered capabilities in Microsoft 365 that will allow people in an organisation create live and on-demand events. 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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