Microsoft Teams isn’t the first name that comes to mind when looking for an alternative communication platform to WhatsApp after the controversial policy change regarding user data. Teams has previously made a name for itself as a collaboration platform in the workplace, but now it’s becoming your preferred platform for keeping in touch with family and friends. Today, Microsoft announced that Teams are now also available for personal use, and it’s free on mobile devices (both Android and iOS), on the desktop and on the Internet.
What features do you get in Microsoft Teams? Well, you can chat with friends and family members first. And even if they don’t have the app on their phone, Teams can be used to communicate with them via SMS. But that’s not all. You can create tasks and to-do lists straight from chats to make it easy to collaborate on a family event like your next cookout. In addition, you can schedule meetings and share invitations without leaving your chats. Soon you will also be able to create surveys in the app with Teams.
For video calls, Teams can video calls with up to 300 participants for free for up to 24 hours. However, this is a temporary benefit to the pandemic and will soon be lifted. Even after scraping In teams, you can make free video calls 24/7 for 1-on-1 interactions, while group calls are limited to 100 participants for a maximum of 60 minutes. And in case the tile view reminds you of a strenuous office video call, Teams has a shared mode that changes the view to that of a virtual cafe or lounge for a more relaxed feel.
Additionally, there are some cool options to express yourself such as GIFs, chat animations, and emojis on video calls. And in case you missed a group video call, you can still catch up on the fun as teams maintain the text-based conversation during a group video call. Another convenience is that Anyone can receive a team invite and join a video call over the Internet, even people who do not have a team account.
Another cool feature is a dashboard that keeps all the media and files shared in a chat in one place and does it for every conversation. And just in case you’re worried, you You can create separate profiles for work and family and switch between them with just a tap. For more information on all team functions, see the official announcement post here. Also, it can help you judge whether this is a viable WhatsApp alternative for you.