It has been a year since Microsoft Teams was introduced. It’s the company’s Slack competitor. For those who are unaware, Slack is a set of team collection tools and services that enable teams large and small to effectively communicate with each other. It has become very popular in a relatively short amount of time and Microsoft introduced its own take on Slack last year, however, it didn’t offer a free version. It looks like this is about to change.
According to a new report, the latest developer preview of Microsoft Teams contains several references to a free tier of the service, including one that will let users “upgrade to paid version.”
These references in the beta version suggest that Microsoft is currently testing this out before rolling it out to the public. There are no details available right now about how the free tier is going to work. The idea will likely be to compete more effectively against Slack which has thrived because of its freemium model that has enabled startups and small businesses to switch to its service.
A free tier for Microsoft Teams seems like a natural step forward for the service. However, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed or denied anything at this point in time, so it’s unclear if and when this new tier is going to be launched.