Teams

The ability to meet virtually is an important and cost-effective feature for businesses today, which is why Microsoft Teams is so topical. Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. Teams belongs to the robust Microsoft 365 platform. You’re not signing up for the average stand-alone solution such as Zoom. Microsoft Teams provides a versatile conversation experience. Every conversation you have within Teams automatically becomes information assets and are saved. Microsoft Teams gives you a view of your scheduled meetings, the timing, the subject, and a list of other persons who’ll be attending. There is a free version, which as per usual, has some limitations:
Teams free is designed for small to medium businesses and has the following features:
  • 300 maximum users
  • Unlimited chat messages and search
  • Guest access
  • Integration with apps and services, including the Online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
  • 2 GB of storage per user and 10 GB of shared storage
  • 1:1 and group online audio and video calling
  • Channel meetings
  • Screen sharing
The full version of Teams included with an Office 365 subscription provides the following features in addition to the features that Teams free provides:
  • No user limit (with an enterprise license)
  • Exchange email hosting and custom email domain
  • OneDrive, SharePoint, Planner, Yammer, and more Office 365 services
  • 1 TB of storage per user
  • Scheduled meetings
  • Audio conferencing
  • Enhanced security and compliance features, including multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, and advanced auditing and reporting
  • Administrative controls and support features, including 24 x 7 phone and web support, admin tools for managing users and apps, usage reporting for Office 365 services, service-level agreement (attached), and configurable user settings and policies
Limitations of the Teams Free version:
  • Customers can’t switch back to Teams free after you upgrade.
  • Customers can’t merge multiple Teams free tenants into a single paid tenant.
  • All users must be in the same domain. (All users will get a sign-in in the format username@domain.com.)
  • All users must be upgraded: a mix of Teams free and paid subscription users in the same tenant is not technically supported.
  • Teams Free version is not supported by standard Microsoft support channels. Instead, customers can get answers to their questions about Teams Free via Microsoft Tech Community for Teams.
If you would like more information about any Microsoft products, please email support@databias.co.za. Thanks to our partner Tarsus for the great summary.