Microsoft has responded to the recent health crisis and the possible requirement for the increased number of businesses requiring staff members to work from home, by releasing its paid collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, free for six months.
There has been a FREE version of Microsoft Teams available since 2018, but the company reserved certain functions for its paid version, available with a license. According to JP Courtois, Microsoft’s executive vice president and president of Microsoft global sales “It’s some of those paid features that will now be made available to customers for free for six months with a new license. This is in response to the need for a solution like Teams as employees increasingly work from home, self-isolating themselves from the coronavirus, especially in Asia.”
The free Teams trial is actually part of a new six-month Office 365 trial for enterprises (an “Office 365 E1 trial,” specifically), according to a Microsoft representative. It includes “full meetings, collaboration, and workflow capabilities,” Microsoft says.
“At Microsoft, our top concern is the wellbeing of our employees and supporting our customers in dealing with business impact during this challenging time,” Microsoft said in a statement. “For many individuals and organizations, Microsoft Teams video-conferencing, chat and collaboration are playing an important role in helping people continue to work and collaborate. By making Teams available to all for free for six months, we hope that we can support public health and safety by making remote work even easier.”
There are still some features not included in the FREE version, see below for a summary.
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