Since early this month, Microsoft has been offering a free six-month trial edition of its Office 365 E1 plan, which normally sells for $8 per user a month.
Though the subscription includes Outlook Online, web-based versions of other Microsoft Office applications, and a OneDrive for Business file sync and share account, among other components, the main idea behind the promotion is to give organizations with remote employees access to the online meetings, content sharing, and other collaboration features in Microsoft Teams.
“By making Teams available to as many people as possible, we aim to support public health and safety by keeping teams connected while they work apart,” wrote Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, in a March 5th blog post.
Schools temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Spataro noted, can get Microsoft Teams for free as well through Office 365 A1, a previously available plan for educators. Individual users can sign up for the freemium edition of Teams.
Microsoft is putting Teams to the test as a remote work solution itself. The company told its employees in the Seattle area to stay away from the office weeks ago.
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