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Microsoft Teams (free)

Microsoft Teams (free) Free

(no commitment)

  • Unlimited group meetings for up to 60 minutes
  • Up to 100 participants per meeting
  • 5 GB of cloud storage per user
  • Unlimited chat with coworkers and customers
  • File sharing, tasks, and polling
  • Data encryption for meetings, chats, calls, and files

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Microsoft Teams Essentials

Microsoft Teams Essentials $4.00

user/month

(annual commitment)

Everything in the free version, plus:

  • Unlimited group meetings for up to 30 hours
  • Up to 300 participants per meeting
  • 10 GB of cloud storage per user
  • Anytime phone and web support

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Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Microsoft 365 Business Basic $5.00

user/month

(annual commitment)

Everything listed in Microsoft Teams Essentials, plus:

  • Team meetings recordings with transcripts
  • Web and mobile versions of Office apps2
  • Expanded cloud storage of 1 TB per user
  • Business-class email
  • Standard security
Office apps and services

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Microsoft 365 Business Standard $12.50

user/month

(annual commitment)

Everything listed in Microsoft 365 Business Basic, plus:

  • Desktop versions of Office apps with premium features
  • Webinar hosting
  • Attendee registration and reporting tools
  • Manage customer appointments
Office apps and services

Microsoft Teams (free)

Microsoft Teams (free) Free
(No commitment)
New

Microsoft Teams Essentials

Microsoft Teams Essentials $4.00
user/month
(Annual subscription—automatically renews)
Most popular

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Microsoft 365 Business Basic $5.00
user/month
(Annual subscription—automatically renews)

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Microsoft 365 Business Standard $12.50
user/month
(Annual subscription—automatically renews)
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Feature name Microsoft Teams (free) Microsoft Teams Essentials Microsoft 365 Business Basic Microsoft 365 Business Standard
Meetings and calling
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Online meetings (calling and video) 3

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Participant capacity
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100 participants
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300 participants
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300 participants
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300 participants
Maximum meeting duration
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60 minutes
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30 hours
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30 hours
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30 hours
Screen sharing
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Customized backgrounds
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Together mode
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Scheduled meetings
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Meeting recordings and transcripts
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Breakout rooms
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Noise suppression
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Host webinars that include attendee registration pages, email confirmations, and reporting
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View your default Outlook calendar

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Join meetings without an account
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Chat and collaboration
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This feature is partially included
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Maximum number of users
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100
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300
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300
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300
Unlimited chat messages and search in Teams
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Guest access
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File attachments in chat
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2 GB per user
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2 GB per user
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1 TB per user 4

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1 TB per user 4

File storage
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5 GB

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10 GB
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1 TB per organization plus 10 GB per license5

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1 TB per organization plus 10 GB per license5

Real-time collaboration in Office mobile apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
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250+ integrated apps and services for Teams
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Chat between work and personal accounts
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Productivity apps and services
This feature is partially included
This feature is partially included
This feature is partially included
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Access web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
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Exchange email hosting with custom email domain address
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Personal file storage and sharing with OneDrive
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1 TB per user
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1 TB per user
Additional Microsoft 365 services, including SharePoint Online, Yammer, Planner, and Stream
Not Included
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Desktop versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher6

Not Included
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Make it easier for your customers to schedule and manage appointments with Microsoft Bookings
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Outlook and Skype contact import
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Security and compliance
This feature is partially included
This feature is partially included
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Microsoft Teams data encryption at rest and in transit
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Single sign-on to all Microsoft 365 apps and services
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Enforced multifactor authentication
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Advanced auditing and reporting
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Administration and support
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Administration tools for managing users and apps
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Usage reporting and analytics for Microsoft 365 services
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Configurable user settings and policies
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Financially backed 99.9% uptime guarantee7

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Phone and web support around the clock
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Enable flexible, hybrid work with online meetings

Achieve more together—anywhere and anytime—with online meetings software such as Microsoft Teams.

Video conferencing

Make teamwork feel more personal by communicating face-to-face in online meetings.

Virtual events

Hold secure web meetings and webinars for up to 1,000 attendees and broadcasts for up to 10,000.9

Audio conferencing

Join meetings with a mobile device, a dial-in number, and an online meetings app such as Microsoft Teams.

Meeting devices

Get additional capabilities from devices such as a speakerphone or room system designed specifically for online meetings.

Stay in the flow of work with online meetings software features

Get a quick look at some of the online meetings features that help with everything from scheduling to follow-up.

Overview
Guided Tour

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Get ready to meet

Set your meeting up for success by following a few simple steps using the features of online meetings software.

Schedule and share

Send invites, share the agenda, and chat with attendees prior to meeting.

Invite guests

Share a web link with anyone who has a valid email address. Joining is simple through a web browser.

Know the context

Prepare by reviewing notes and recordings from prior meetings.

Have a productive meeting

Make the most of your time, engage others and work as a team, and keep a record of your progress.

Start meetings quickly

Get started on time with one-touch join on many online meetings devices and start sharing content with attendees everywhere easily.

Make it personal

Turn on video to engage on a deeper level even if you blur your background for privacy.

Share content

Communicate visually in online meetings to save time and foster collaboration.

Record your meeting

Capture audio, video, and content by recording the meeting to share with those who couldn’t attend and for future reference.

Keep the momentum going

Follow up after the meeting and set up future meetings to build on your progress.

Share meeting notes and recordings

Keep a single source of information from your meeting. Upload recordings and notes—all in the same online meetings app.

Discuss further

Chat with attendees and provide updates on the agenda.

Set the cadence

Schedule another meeting or establish a series more easily with an online meetings app.

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Bring friends and family together with online meetings in Microsoft Teams

Stay connected to people even when you’re apart. Get together virtually—anytime and anywhere—with a video conference.

Have fun with together mode

Host your online meeting in a virtual shared space. Choose from locations such as a café, resort, or lounge and see everyone in the same place with together mode.10

A Teams call in together mode.

Invite anyone, anytime, anywhere

Start an online meeting and invite anyone to join, even if they’re not on Microsoft Teams. Online meetings make connecting virtually almost as much fun as being there.

A Teams video call with seven participants.
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An online meeting is audio and optional video conferencing between two or more participants. Video provides the added benefit of being able to see the expressions and reactions of other people in addition to being able to hear what they’re saying.

Online meetings enable real-time collaboration, increase productivity, save time, and help people who are working remote feel less isolated and more engaged. If participants in a group web meeting, don’t feel like being on camera, they can always opt to turn it off and just leave their microphone on. Some online meeting platforms even allows people to blur or change their background to add privacy without losing the ability to connect face to face.

Hybrid work, remote work, and working from home have increased dramatically so being able to communicate and collaborate in real time with an online meeting fosters productivity, participation, and morale.

There are many benefits to using an online meetings software application (online meetings app) developed specifically for real-time online collaboration such as audio and video conferencing in addition to other capabilities including file sharing and calendaring. That’s because the software is designed specifically to create a better overall experience for people who want to chat, call, and collaborate online—anywhere and anytime. What’s more, online meetings software that’s integrated seamlessly with an entire suite of productivity apps—versus a stand-alone app—provides additional timesaving, workflow, and ease-of-use benefits.

Participating in an online meeting is easy. You just need a device with an online meetings app such as Microsoft Teams. When you’re invited to an online meeting, join using your PC, tablet, or mobile device at the predetermined time. Learn more from a guide to hybrid and remote meetings.

Get started with Microsoft Teams today

1. After your one-month free trial, you will be charged the applicable subscription fee. Credit card required. Cancel any time to stop future charges.
2. This plan works with Office 2021, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office 2013. Previous versions of Office, such as Office 2010, may work with Microsoft 365 with reduced functionality. This compatibility with Office does not include the Office 365 F3 plans.
3. For HD calling, compatible HD hardware and broadband connection with at least 4 Mbps are required.
4. OneDrive storage is used for file sharing in chat, so OneDrive storage limits apply.
Unlimited personal cloud storage for qualifying plans for subscriptions of five or more users, otherwise 1 TB per user. Microsoft will initially provide 1 TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user, which admins can increase to 5 TB per user. Contact Microsoft support to request additional storage. Storage up to 25 TB per user is provisioned in OneDrive for Business. Beyond 25 TB, storage is provisioned as 25 TB SharePoint team sites to individual users.
5. Because Teams runs on a SharePoint Online backend for file sharing, SharePoint storage limits apply to the Files section within a team. See “Storage limits and specification for Microsoft Teams” for more details.
6. Access and Publisher are available for PC only.
7. For more information, see the Microsoft Online Service Level Agreement.
8. Location permissions must be active; driving safety available only in the US, UK, AUS, CA. 
9. During this time of increased remote work, take advantage of view-only broadcasts for up to 20,000-attendees through the end of this year.
10. Available on desktop only.