The free version of Microsoft Teams offers a handsome feature set that will be sufficient for many businesses, while a paid version is available for firms after a more comprehensive solution.
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The Microsoft Teams app is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS, so employees can connect to their colleagues from almost any device.
Free version or paid?
The free version of Microsoft Teams boasts all the features employees will need to collaborate remotely.
Unlimited text chat and search, group video conferences, one-on-one video calls, 2GB of cloud storage per person (or 10GB across the entire team) and access to web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote all come free of charge.
However, the free version of Microsoft Teams lacks a few important security and administration facilities - such as enforced multi-factor authentication, single sign-on and user management - that most businesses are likely to need.
If you’re looking to upgrade your Microsoft Teams subscription, there are three options available: Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Standard and Office 365 Business Premium.
Office 365 Business Essentials is available for $5.00 per user per month (£3.80/AU$6.90), and includes the ability to schedule and record Microsoft Teams meetings, boosts the file storage capacity to 1TB per user and includes the additional security features mentioned above.
Office 365 Business Standard, meanwhile, costs $12.50 per user per month (£9.40/AU$17.20). It features all the benefits of the cheaper package, but also includes desktop versions of Microsoft’s famous productivity applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) and business apps such as Bookings, Invoicing and MileIQ.
Finally, Office 365 Premium adds advanced security and privacy features, as well as a greater range of device management options. This package will run your business $20.00 per user per month (£15.10/AU$27.50).
Download Microsoft Teams
To download Microsoft Teams to your laptop or PC, simply follow this link to the Microsoft Teams download page.
From here, you can download the Microsoft Teams app for desktop and mobile, or you can enter your email address in the relevant field and Microsoft will deliver a download link directly.
Those looking to download Microsoft Teams mobile app can also navigate to the relevant app store on their device - be that Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Microsoft Teams alternatives
Although Microsoft Teams will likely provide for most businesses’ every need, there are plenty of excellent Microsoft Teams alternatives on the market.
Here are a few alternatives to Microsoft Teams that make an equally good choice for businesses looking for the best video conferencing and collaboration solutions around:
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