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Introducing a free version of Microsoft Teams

Beginning today, Microsoft Teams is available in a free version worldwide in 40 languages. This offer was designed for small businesses and groups of coworkers that don’t have commercial Office 365 subscriptions. Now with this great introductory experience, any group can use Teams as their hub for teamwork and discover the value of Office 365 as they grow and scale. 


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Whether you’re a freelancer, a small business owner, or part of a team inside a larger organization, you can start using Teams today. The free version includes the following for up to 300 people:

  •  Unlimited chat messages and search.

  • Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups.
  • 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.
  • Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from—including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft’s secure, global infrastructure.

Check out the latest Microsoft Mechanics video to learn more about this free version of Teams.

 

When you’re managing a new project or creating your own business, it helps to have your team behind you to brainstorm ideas, tackle the work together, and have some fun along the way. Take your teamwork to the next level and start using Teams today.

 

FAQ

What features are available in the free version of Microsoft Teams?

The free version includes the following for up to 300 people.

  • Unlimited chat messages and search.

  • Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups.
  • 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.
  • Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from—including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft’s secure, global infrastructure.

 

Who’s eligible for the free version of Microsoft Teams?

Any person with any corporate or consumer email address can sign up for Teams today. People who don’t already have a paid Office 365 commercial subscription will have access to the free version of Teams. If an existing Office 365 commercial customer tried to sign up for free, they will be routed into a managed experience for their existing tenant.

 

Where can I go to learn more?

For a full list of what’s available in Microsoft Teams for free, visit Office.com/TeamsFree

 

25 Comments
Respected Contributor

Awesome, question. Will this fix all the guest access problems with teams and users with hosted office 365 email or tenants that don’t have teams enabled to be able to now join Teams as a guest? 

 

Been dealing with with this consistently where someone unknowingly has their email somehow tied to a office 365 work account and Teams isn’t enabled so they can’t join as a guest to another tenant as the client wants to log in to their teams by default when using that login.  

The feature description for "Premium" is very misleading -- "Phone calls and audio conferencing" is listed as an add on -- but that's not true.

 

The "add on" link says explicitly; "with the Office Business Premium subscription ... you can’t add cloud voice calling features. So, we recommend that you evaluate an Enterprise E5 (or Enterprise E3) plan to see if it is more cost effective."

Occasional Visitor

Will this free version support meeting/call recording?

Microsoft

@Corey Leichty meeting/call recording is backed by Microsoft Stream which is not available in the free version of Teams. 

Occasional Visitor

 Hi @Raanah Amjadi

 

I have a questions, if i have Office 365 Business in my tenant, how can activate Microsoft Teams free?

Because when I try to activate the free account, I get the following error message: "/licenseError?errorCode=AdminUserLicenseNotPresentForbidden"...

 

My user is not assigned an Office 365 Business license.

Thanks,

Occasional Visitor

If you were too hasty when signing up and entered the organization name incorrectly, it looks like there's no way to change it. Can I completely delete Teams data from my account and start over? Deleting the team itself isn't enough, the tenant (and wrong name) still exists...

Occasional Visitor

How do I enable this if I am already using the Office 365 Business plan?

Microsoft

@Jacob Hodges, the free version of Teams isn't available to users with an existing Office 365 commercial account. Only consumer email addresses and non-Office 365 (AAD) corporate domains.

With Office 365 Business, you will be eligible for a 1yr free trial of Teams that is on its way soon! More info here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/i-d-like-to-sign-up-for-teams-free-but-i-can-t-why-b77286e2...

Super Contributor

What an awesome announcement! Microsoft have been investing heavily into Teams to make it the product to collaborate in. Now that it's freeview they open that door to letting the world in to experience the product and to realise its benefits.

 

A very exciting announcement in my opinion with wide reaching implications for businesses, not for profits, and many small organisations!

 

Good job Microsoft!

 

@Jacob Hodgestry using your personal Microsoft account if you want to tap into the free version of Teams. Or just add the product to your licence as Raanah has suggested (or the trial when it's available).

 

Contributor

Nice, and Can I change from free to paid?
Scenario, I want to change from free version of Microsoft Teams to paid version of Microsoft Teams within Office 365 with same e-mail address.

Regards,
Yoshihiro Kawabata

Occasional Contributor

Nice, and Can I change current paid version to free?

since MS teams has too many bugs and anti-human design for now and really slow performance, if it is possible we can change it to free version? we dont want to waste money on MS Teams again until it has huge progress.


Super Contributor

@善博 河端 very likely just an upgrade to your licence to make that happen. Take a look at your admin portal.

Contributor

Thank you @Damien Rosario, for quick reply,

I will share Microsoft Teams free edition with friends, customers with easy way upgrade from free to paid, so let's start.

I'm using Microsoft Teams and Office 365 E3.

Super Contributor

@善博 河端, no trouble at all. Teams has a lot of potential. Once you get into it, let your imagination take flight! We use it quite heavily in my day job and I feel disconnected without it!

Contributor

 

 
 
 
 

You can navigate to the azure portal with the account you made the signup with. https://portal.azure.com

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Frequent Contributor

As usual great announcement, but the sign up process is broken, not just me we keep getting caught in a loop asking for our details. it resets stage 2 every time. I can confirm I am using my own individual non 365 subscribed account to login. Just my regular hotmail account.    

 

Not the first time for a product has this happened on a launch. 

Really off putting, since if your first experience is not being able to sign up.  What are the chances that the product is any good? 

Microsoft

Hi @Philip Worrell thanks for reporting the issue, we're looking into it now. Do you see an error message on stage 2 or does it just reset with no error?

Occasional Visitor

I'm excited to give the new free tier of Teams a try but I'm also having trouble with the sign-up.  My Microsoft Live ID was previously associated with O365, and while I'm no longer subscribed to a plan the Teams registration tells me I cannot go any further.


Steps

1. Went to the /microsoft-teams/free page and clicked 'Sign Up For Free' under the 'Free' plan.

2. Entered the address associated with my Live ID and clicked 'Set up account'

3. Get a message that reads 'You already have an Office 365 work or school account.  If your organization is already using Teams, just sign in'

4. Click 'Sign in'

5. Open the web app or download the Windows binary

6. Receive message 'You're not on Teams yet, but you can set it up for your organization.'.  Click on the 'Sign up for Teams' button

7. System takes me back to Step 1.

 

Frequent Contributor

I got complete reset once and a duplicate message on the next run. Gave up after that. I will try again in a few days

Occasional Visitor

Technical details for contacting support: 
CV: roDOVym2uUeBD1/2.0.3 
SID: 3ae6c1f5-36ef-4cc1-a0b2-effea635e3e3 
CID: 55a879e5-27ac-44c1-b83d-7468e93775d7 
Error Code: DuplicateRequest

 

Not working since yesterday, unable to sign up

Occasional Visitor

It's disappointing that Team isn't available to existing Office 365 commercial customers. Can you please consider changing this?

Microsoft

@Jacob Hodges the full-featured version of Teams is already available to Office 365 commercial customers in Business, Enterprise, Non-Profit, and Education plans (see here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/How-do-I-get-access-to-Microsoft-Teams-fc7f1634-abd3-4f26-a... you're a Office 365 commercial subscriber with one of these plans but don't have access to Teams, you could speak with your IT department about getting a license. Hope that helps!

Microsoft

@Troy Forsythe thanks for documenting those steps. Tagging my teammate @Albert Chen for tracking your comment as well.

Occasional Visitor

@Raanah Amjadi I suppose that's the point I'm making. My company has an Office 365 Business plan to provide staff with a copy of Office. We do not use any of the other Office 365 services. So for anyone on an Office 365 Business plan, or even a plan for a single app such as Visio, you can't get access to Teams. To switch plans would be a substantial cost increase. Please include free access to Teams for customers who already have some sort of Office 365 subscription. Otherwise we're forced to use a competitors product, which is exactly what we are doing now. 

Respected Contributor

Or you can easily just sign in with an outlook.com account you setup as easy as another competitor account....

 

what would be better thou is if those other accounts you speak of could join as a guest to that outlook.com account tenant would be easier to solve the issue quickly but as it stands now they probably would be denied guest access due to not being enabled or licensed on that tenant which is a bigger issue with guest access than just free teams.