The Latest Updates From Microsoft

Posted on: Friday, July 13, 2018

Microsoft has made quite a few announcements in the last 24 hours – let’s take a look at what’s new.

Firstly, the tech giant has made a significant change to Microsoft Teams, which was initially introduced in 2016, according to TNW. Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that offers many features similar to Slack, including scheduling, notes and attachments. In addition, the platform merges the user’s Office 365 apps so files can be shared with popular tools, such as Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft Teams has not received as much attention as Slack and perhaps that can be partly attributed to the cost structure. According to TechCrunch, the communication platform previously had a $60/year fee, which wasn’t very appealing to small businesses when there was a free option available from Slack. However, just yesterday, Microsoft announced that there will be a free version of Teams available.

Along with the free version are packages offered for $5.00 user/month and $12.50 user/month. Highlights of the free version include 300 users, 10 GB of shared storage and guest access, to name a few. More features can be found on the Microsoft Teams website.

Photo Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/platform/concepts/bots/bots-overview

Secondly, Microsoft is rolling out the Whiteboard app on Windows 10, which is a collaborative app that was introduced last May according to TechCrunch. Microsoft describes Whiteboard as a virtual outlet, where colleagues can collaborate in real time, no matter the location. The app allows you to draw, write and create by simply using a stylus or your finger.

What’s more is that according to The Verge, not only are versions for iOS and the web coming soon, but Microsoft is planning on integrating Whiteboard into the Teams app.


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