Traditionally, Teams (other than the limited function free version) has only been available in bundles with other Microsoft services. The new Teams Essentials tier provides a way for small-medium businesses (SMBs) to purchase the tool independently at a reduced cost.
The subscription service supports video conferencing with up to 300 people, group chat, and organization features through a single app. It also features Outlook and Google Calendar integration. Moreover, it features group chat templates to host meetings with stakeholders, teams, and polls.
Microsoft Teams for Business features list
|Features||Teams Essentials||Teams Business Basic||Teams Business Standard|
|Max group meeting size||300||300||300|
|Meeting length||30 hours||30 hours||30 hours|
|Cloud file storage per user||10GB per user||1TB + 10GB per license||1TB + 10GB per license|
|Customer appointment management||No||No||Yes|
|Attendee registration and reporting tools||No||No||Yes|
|Enforced multi-factor authentication||No||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced auditing and reporting||No||Yes||Yes|
|Configurable user policies and analytics||No||Yes||Yes|
|Price||CA$5.10 per user per month||CA$6.40 per user per month||CA$16.00 per user per month|
Microsoft Teams is now available from various Microsoft Cloud Partners including Ingram, TD Synnex, and Crayon, as well as directly from Microsoft. Find the full feature breakdown on Microsoft’s website.