Today, Microsoft is releasing the personal version of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams, which was previewed nearly a year ago, is now available for free personal use among friends and family. The service itself is nearly identical to Microsoft Teams, and it will allow people to easily chat, video call, and share calendars, locations, and files.
Microsoft is also continuing to provide free 24-hour video calls to everyone, as it did in the preview version in November. You'll be able to meet up with up to 300 people in 24-hour video calls. After the pandemic, Microsoft will impose time limits of 60 minutes for group calls of up to 100 people but will allow 24 hours for 1:1 calls.
While the preview was initially available only on iOS and Android, Microsoft Teams for personal use is now available on the web, mobile, and desktop apps. Microsoft is also allowing Teams personal users to enable Together mode, a feature that uses AI to segment your face and shoulders and place you in a virtual space with other people. This feature was added to Skype in December.
As we reported last year, the personal version of Microsoft Teams is part of Microsoft's larger effort to stay relevant with consumers following a series of exits from consumer-friendly services. Microsoft isn't looking to compete with iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or other chat apps, but its clear Zoom is on Microsoft's radar after its meteoric rise among consumers during the pandemic