Microsoft's free Teams software competes with Slack

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on FEB 07, 2019

With a free version offering limitless messages and shareable storage, Microsoft's Teams software gains a leading edge over Slack.

Microsoft has announced an enterprise to launch a free version of the Teams software, July 12. The company first introduced Teams in 2017 as a solution to the communication tool Slack that has dominated in workplaces across the US while increasing revenue.

Slack currently has approximately 8 million daily users, 3 million of whom are paid subscribers.
The new free Teams is targeted towards small and medium-sized businesses. The software remains free for an organization's first 300 users as each user is provided with 2 GB of space, along with 10 GB sharable storage.

Microsoft's new product appears positioned to directly compete with Slack's free offering. Teams is available in 40 automatically translated languages, offers free group video and voice calling, is deeply integrated with Microsoft Office, and can connect up to 140 other apps, including the popular task-management software, Trello, and Evernote.

Message usage remains limitless for users on the free tier, or on the app's search functions. Teams users can also invite people who do not work at their organization to groups on Teams without exposing them to sensitive messages in other groups.

Additionally, premium subscribers receive greater storage capacity and can search closed-captions that are automatically generated from recorded meetings. The paid version also integrates with the rest of the Office 365 suite of services and has stronger security and more support options.

In addition to Mircosoft, Facebook launched Workplace in 2016, announcing a 30,000 organizational signed-up. Atlassian also offers HipChat, and IBM has its Lotus offerings, however, Microsoft will be looking to provide a more modern approach to workplace software

 

 

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