Free Microsoft Teams version – enable workplace collaboration

Microsoft Teams is included with Office 365 business licenses. For organisations without an Office 365 business license, Microsoft offers a free Microsoft Teams version. Microsoft Teams originally launched in November 2016 with no free versions for organisations to upgrade from. Now Microsoft offers a free version of Microsoft Teams, so organisations without an Office 365 licence can benefit from its team collaboration capabilities.

What is included in the free version of Microsoft Teams?

With free Microsoft Teams, you get unlimited messages and search, and 10GB of file storage for your entire team, plus 2GB of personal storage for each individual. Microsoft Teams integrates with all the Office Online apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and with more than 140 business apps. Add as many as 300 people to your network of contacts, which can be inside or outside your organisation.

While free Microsoft Teams includes many standard Teams features, integration of full desktop versions of Office apps like Word and Excel is limited to Office 365 business licenses. The free version of Microsoft Teams includes the web versions of those apps from Office Online.

Who is eligible for the free version of Microsoft Teams?

Any individual with a corporate or consumer email address can sign up for Teams. Those who do not have a paid Office 365 business subscription will have access to the free version of Teams, which is available in 40 different languages. If you have an Office 365 business license and you sign up for free, you would be routed into a managed experience for your existing account.  Upgrading from the free Microsoft Teams version to an Office 365 Business Essentials subscription starts at from £3.80 per user/month.

Start using Microsoft Teams for free.

Read our guide, which is designed to help IT admins get started with launching Teams and to effectively apply governance planning to make the most of the deployment.