Microsoft announced its very own answer to Slack called Teams back in November. However, only a handful of preview users were able to access the new app, which of course, is understandable when you consider the fact that it was still being tested at the time. Haven concluded all kinds of test to ensure the app gets an all-clear, Microsoft is now set to launch Teams next week—March 14 to be exact.
Microsoft made this know on Tuesday through its Corporate Vice President, Office Marketing Kirk Koenigsbauer. The formal unveiling will be made on March 14, at 8:30AM PT as the company is scheduled to play host to an online event. The event, according to the software giant, will mark the general availability of the chat-based app for Office 365 users.
The occasion will be used by Microsoft to show everyone how Teams works, its features, and other innovations yet to be made known to the public before now.
“Please join us for an online event to mark the occasion. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer and a special guest will share perspectives on teamwork, what’s new in Microsoft Teams and talk about how customers are using Office 365 to collaborate and deliver great results,” Microsoft said in a .
Want to be a part of the online event scheduled for next Tuesday? Then, you will have to register online to be a part of it. Go here to fill an online form on the Microsoft resource website.
In terms of size, Teams is smaller when compared to Slack. However, it boasts of some exciting features that could eventually make it one of those apps worth using by businesses and project teams.
With Teams, you will get to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve into Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is also built on Office 365 Groups. The cross-application membership service so the users can move from one collaboration tool to another. Skype is also deeply integrated and that of course, allows voice and video conferences.
One of the most remarkable things about Teams is that it has integration with third-party companies. This will provide information about the collaboration through the Microsoft Teams Developer Preview program, allowing developers to extend Microsoft Teams. Microsoft partnered with some company last November when it first announced the availability of the chat-based app. Some of these partners include, Zendesk, Asana, Hootsuite and Intercom.
Teams will be completely free to organization that has Office 365 subscription. For those who don’t have the Office 365 subscription, only the limited version of it will be available.