Microsoft to offer free remote working solution in the wake of COVID-19


Microsoft has announced that it will avail its hub for teamwork in Office 365, Microsoft Teams, for free to the public to enable remote working with COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world. Many companies have been in the recent day’s are exploring remote work options. 

In a statement announcing the free service, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 said, “At Microsoft, our top concern is the wellbeing of our employees and supporting our customers in dealing with business impact during these challenging times. By making Teams available to as many people as possible, we hope that we can support public health and safety by making remote work even easier.”

Microsoft Teams which is Part of Office 365 is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space.  with teams, users are able to utilize features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more.  

Users can find out how to sign up for Microsoft Teams via Microsoft 365 blog post​ with further tips on the usage of the product available on  blog, including tips on working from home with Microsoft Teams.

“Microsoft Teams is a part of Office 365. If your organization is licensed for Office 365, you already have it. If you are not licensed for Teams,. You will be logged into the product and automatically receive a free license of Teams that is valid through to January 2021. The package includes video meetings for up to 250 participants. Additional Live Events for up to 10,000, recording and screen sharing, along with chat and collaboration”, says Jared.

The free Teams version will give users unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calls, 10 GB of team file storage, and 2 GB of personal file storage per user. Users will also get real-time collaboration with the Office apps for web, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.