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What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a software solution that enables SMBs to perform many essential business tasks remotely. With Teams, you can virtually chat, collaborate, and meet with employees, customers, suppliers, and partners. The Microsoft Office apps are built right into Teams, so you can use and share the files you create in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook without leaving the tool. Recently, I shared tips for our team on how to start working remotely with Teams. If you are new to the tool or to working remotely, it can help you acclimatize to both.

Making Teams available for everyone

Teams is a part of Office 365. If your organization is licensed for Office 365, you already have it and you can log in here. Even if you don’t have Office 365, we want to help ensure that everyone has access to Teams during these challenging times. Here are some simple ways to get Teams for all users in your company right away—even if you don’t have Office 365.

For individuals and businesses who purchase directly from

If you want to get Teams directly from Microsoft, you can do so in the following ways:

  • Sign up for a free trial of Office 365 Business Premium, which includes a full-featured version of Teams.

  • If you’re using a consumer email address such as Gmail or Outlook, you can sign up for the freemium version of Teams by following this link.

For businesses served by partners

If you are a new or established Microsoft customer who does not currently have licenses that include Microsoft Teams (such as Exchange Online or Office 365 Business), you can work with TIC Business Consultants to receive a free six-month Teams trial. 


At a time when so many of us are switching to remote work, we hope that Teams can help enable you to keep moving your business forward. [i]


[i] This information was extracted from the Microsoft website on 4/8/2020 and is subject to change without notice.  We have extracted and condensed this article.  If you want to read the full text -

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