REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On
Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of
Teams Essentials, the first-ever standalone Microsoft Teams
offering, designed specifically for small businesses. Teams
Essentials gives small businesses a professional and affordable
meetings solution to support collaboration, connection and
productivity in a hybrid work environment. At $4 USD per person, per month, Teams Essentials is
the most competitively priced online meetings and collaboration
solution in the market.
"We know how difficult the past 20 months have been for small
businesses. They've had to demonstrate extreme flexibility to
adapt, often with limited access to tools and technology," said
Jared Spataro, corporate vice
president of Modern Work at Microsoft. "Teams Essentials is built
specifically to meet the unique needs of small businesses, enabling
them to thrive in this new era of work."
Teams Essentials provides expansive limits and features for
hosting professional meetings and collaborating in one place:
- Unlimited group meetings for up to 30 hours
- Meetings with up to 300 people
- 10 GB of cloud storage per user
Teams Essentials also includes existing and new capabilities
available in the free version of Teams to meet the needs of small
- Simple, easy invitations require only an email
address. Users are not required to sign up, sign in or install
Teams to participate in a meeting.
- In addition to Outlook Calendar integration, new Google
Calendar integration makes it easy to schedule meetings in
Microsoft Teams. *Coming soon
- Professional meeting tools and capabilities like
meeting lobby, virtual backgrounds, Together mode, live closed
captions and live reactions.
- Never lose context or continuity with always-available
chats in Microsoft Teams.
- Quickly start a group project and host meetings with anyone,
assign tasks to teammates, and create polls to receive
feedback quickly all in one hub with the
new small-business group chat template. *Coming soon to
desktop and web
According to LinkedIn data, SMB open job postings are up 81.9%
year over year compared to Nov. 1,
2020. More than ever, small businesses need the flexibility
to hire from anywhere and technology that opens the door to new
employee workstyles, such as synchronous and asynchronous
collaboration. Teams Essentials offers small businesses an
affordable way to work, collaborate and grow. Customers can buy
Teams Essentials directly through the Teams website or from a
variety of Microsoft Cloud Partners to suit their needs.
Visit the Microsoft 365 Blog to learn more about Microsoft Teams
Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital
transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an
intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every
organization on the planet to achieve more.
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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.