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Microsoft has introduced a free tier of its workplace collaboration software Teams to better compete against rival Slack Technologies in a market analysts view as a main battleground in the world of enterprise software.
Previously, businesses without Office 365 subscriptions that have wanted to try out Teams have been limited to a month-long trial.
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The free version of the product is intended to make it easy for potential customers, typically teams of workers and small businesses, to start using Microsoft's products and become embedded in them.
'We naturally want customers who are using the free version to upgrade to the full Office 365 version,' Lori Wright, general manager of Microsoft 365 Teamwork, told Reuters in a June 28 interview.
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Microsoft has been competing with Slack since introducing Teams in early 2017.
The product is used by 200,000 organizations, the company said in March.
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Slack in May said that Slack is used by 70,000 paying organizations.
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