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Microsoft has taken a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of team members and customers by announcing a free license of Microsoft Teams.

The software giant, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, has kept abreast of the Coronavirus outbreak, which prompted this decision.

Nine Coronavirus related deaths have been reported in Washington state,a according to NPR.org.

Industry-wide, at least 70 conference events have been canceled, including Microsoft’s annual Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Global Summit, which was switched to a virtual conference in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In online ads, Microsoft has promoted the tagline “Teamwork from Anywhere” as the solution to continue work productivity and collaboration.

For business owners and team members who are new to Microsoft Teams, keep reading for a comprehensive overview.

How I Use Microsoft Teams

Office 365 is the centerpiece of my business document management and content creation. I utilize Microsoft Teams to communicate with accounting, design, and operations departments within my organization to keep the flow of communication running smoothly.

Teams is the home of all of my Meeting Notes, audio files that need to be transcribed, and where my publisher, editor, and I collaborate on book projects.

As a longtime Skype for Business user, I find an improved user experience since moving over to Microsoft Teams.

Get started with Microsoft Teams

“Teams (free) has been really great for us as we learn and grow slowly as a small startup; mostly because of the flexibility and convenience of the platform.”

Rachel Choe, Co-founder, Bondfire

What is Included in the Free Microsoft Teams License?

Unlimited chat and search

Chat with emoji support is available along with the ability to search team channels and documents.

Video calling

Video support is available for one-on-one or group video calls.

Team and personal file storage

Storage is capped at 2 GB of personal storage and 10 GB for team.

Real-time collaboration with Office

The Microsoft Office suite of applications is integrated with Microsoft Teams.

Get started with Microsoft Teams free license

Shadeed Eleazer

Shadeed Eleazer is a Certified Business Mentor and President of SCORE/SBA in the Greater Baltimore Region. He is a US Navy Veteran, Best-Selling Author, and in-demand LinkedIn speaker, trainer, and subject matter expert. He is a Microsoft partner who leads the longest running Microsoft learning community in the state of Maryland.