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Microsoft Teams Free Version, What’s included, What’s not?

Published 12/07/2018 - 1 Comment


200,000 businesses across 181 markets now use Microsoft Teams. To drive further adoption and further compete with solutions like slack that have a popular free tier, today Microsoft added a free version to 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 (VoIP no PSTN)
  • 10 GB of team file storage plus an 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.

What costs Extra/requires an Office 365 paid account?

  • The full Office 365 suite
  • OneDrive, SharePoint, Planner, Yammer, and more Office 365 services
  • Exchange email hosting and custom email domain
  • 1 TB of storage per user
  • Scheduled meetings
  • Meeting recording— available with Microsoft Stream
  • Phone calls and audio conferencing
  • Enforced multi-factor authentication for all users
  • Single sign-on to all business apps and services
  • Advanced auditing and reporting
  • Admin tools for managing users and apps
  • Usage reporting for Office 365 services
  • 99.9% financially-backed SLA uptime
  • Configurable user settings and policies
The sign-up process:

It appears to create a new Office 365 tenant
And you are in. Note upgrade banner
Manage Org (users)
Can Free Teams invite Office 365 users as members?
Yes, I was able to add an Office 365 user as a guest


Does Teams to Teams or Teams to SfB Federation (cross Tenant chat/calling) work?

It appears not in my testing, external emails/UPN’s did not resolve

Can a free user login to Office 365/ OneDrive for business?
No, it appears not, they only have access to sign into Microsoft Teams
Can an Office 365 user/email account sign up for free Teams?
No, it tries to sign you into your enterprise Office 365/Teams
Got a question? Let me know?

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Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

1 comment

Mike - 24/07/2018 Reply

We’ve got O365 Business so basically Word, Excel etc.

I see above

“Can an Office 365 user/email account sign up for free Teams?

No, it tries to sign you into your enterprise Office 365/Teams”

would the same happen if I use my O365 admin account?

I do have a seperate MS ID so should I sign up with that?

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