On Thursday, Microsoft rolled out a bunch of updates to its Office 365 productivity suite, focused on collaboration.
Microsoft Teams, its workplace chat tool and Slack rival, now has a free version. There’s no charge for up to 300 users.
Otherwise, Microsoft introduced a few other nifty new collaboration features in Office 365: A background blur feature, for instance, turns the background of your video call into a nondescript blob, solving a major headache for lots of users.
Microsoft also launched Whiteboard, a cross-platform sketching app that seems really handy.
Microsoft made a bunch of new updates to its Office 365 cloud productivity suite for businesses today, most of which hinge on the concept of collaborating with your colleagues.
For instance, Microsoft announced a free version of Teams, the workplace chat software bundled into Office 365, which competes with $5 billion startup Slack and $15.8 billion Atlassian’s Stride.
Now, any group can get going with Microsoft Teams, though there’s a 20GB file storage limit and it’s capped at 300 people. If you want to go beyond those limits, you have to pony up for Office 365 at a per-user cost of either $5/month or $12.50/month, though that price includes the whole Office suite of apps and services, too. Having a free version will get Teams into more people’s hands, intensifying its rivalry with its smaller competitors.
Teams is also getting a super-handy new feature in the form of so-called background blur, which uses artificial intelligence to cut down on a common videoconferencing faux pas. Basically, if you’re on a call, flip on background blur and the messy bedroom or bustling coffee shop behind you will fade into a indistinct blob. It can save you a little embarrassment.
For my money, the coolest new addition to Office otherwise is a new Whiteboard app. It’s …read more
Source:: Business Insider