Microsoft Teams has added a new option for making free video and voice calls all-day. The company has added the feature to compete with rival platforms like Google Meet and Zoom. According to Microsoft, the free offering will allow users to connect with up to 300 participants. The call can last for 24 hours. It will be absolutely free. This means that Microsoft Team users can talk all day without paying a penny. Microsoft Teams is majorly a business communication platform. It is a part of Microsoft 365. It offers services like workspace chat, file storage, and video-conferencing among others.
Additionally, Microsoft has added the ability to create a group chat. The group chat can be created with up to 250 members. As many as 49 members could attend it in a single window. The decision to offer free video and voice calls for 24 hours comes after Zoom announced to revoke the 40 minutes meeting limit. Microsoft Teams is expecting a rise in the users with the latest offering. It wants to attract Zoom users with the free all-day video option. It also said that users don’t require a Microsoft Account and Teams app to join a call. Users can make calls from Teams on their desktops and web apps.
Microsoft said that it wants to offer a distinct experience to users by adding interesting features. The company said that it will soon start syncing existing chats between computer and phone. This will help users to carry on their conversations on whatever device they prefer. Microsoft said that it will add support to upload and share videos and photos in personal and group chat from a desktop. Besides, it will bring SMS support as well in preview for the USA users. Microsoft Teams’ mobile app will get a feature to allow users to send messages to contacts that don’t have an app on their smartphone. The message will be delivered via SMS. Recipients will be given an option to respond through SMS.