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Microsoft takes on Slack with a free version of Teams

In another sign of how heated the collaboration software market is getting, Microsoft has launched a free version of Teams, offering access to the group messaging and collaboration app without requiring an Office 365 subscription.

Teams was launched as a rival to popular team chat platform Slack – which already offers a free version – at the start of last year; Microsoft bundled it with other Office 365 apps such as Yammer, One Drive and other Office tools.

As of March, some 200,000 organizations were using the chat app – up from 125,000 in September – though Microsoft doesn’t break out monthly active user figures. 

The new freemium payment model is designed to make it easier for anyone to try out Teams, said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, because it puts the app into the hands of more users.

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