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Microsoft Teams is Now Available to Use for Free

The free version will give unlimited app integrations with over 140 business apps to choose from -- including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello

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Taking on professional collaboration tool Slack, Microsoft’s Teams is now available for free in 40 languages worldwide.

Currently, more than 200,000 businesses across 181 markets globally use Teams — a hub for chatting, sharing documents, video and voice calling in Microsoft 365 — to collaborate and get work done.

“Whether you’re a freelancer, a small business owner, or part of a team inside a large organisation, you can start using Teams today,” Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, said in a statement on Friday.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office, Pixabay

The free version, that can be used in a organisation with up to 300 employees, will provide unlimited chat messages and search, built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups, 10GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.

It will also provide integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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The free version will give unlimited app integrations with over 140 business apps to choose from — including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.

“This new offering provides a powerful introduction to Microsoft 365. Teams in Microsoft 365 includes everything in the free version plus additional storage, enterprise security, and compliance, and it can be used for your whole organisation, regardless of size,” Markezich said. (IANS)

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Tata Communications Partners Microsoft for Connected Car Applications

There will be additional capability to equip vehicles with encrypted vehicle-to-cloud connectivity globally through the Tata Communications' "MOVE" platform to address key challenges that complicate the creation of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) applications

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Tata Communications has announced it is working with Microsoft to help speed up the development of new innovative connected car applications.

By combining the IoT connectivity and network intelligence capabilities of Tata Communications’ “MOVEa platform with Microsoft’s “Connected Vehicle Platform”, the companies will enable automotive manufacturers to offer consumers seamless and secure driving experiences.

“In the not-too-distant future, you won’t view your car as a mode of transportation, you’ll view it as a mode of entertainment – and the opportunities that this opens up in areas like video streaming, retail, advertising and insurance are immense,” Anthony Bartolo, Chief Product Officer, Tata Communications, said in a statement late Wednesday.

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Tata Communications joins Microsoft in connected car space. IANS

Microsoft’s “Connected Vehicle Platform” combines Cloud and edge services with a strong partner network to empower automotive companies to build connected driving experiences.

There will be additional capability to equip vehicles with encrypted vehicle-to-cloud connectivity globally through the Tata Communications’ “MOVE” platform to address key challenges that complicate the creation of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) applications.

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This integration means that players within the connected car ecosystem – from manufacturers, dealerships, insurers to fleet operators and others – will be able to bring to market new value-added services more quickly and cost-effectively, and ensure that they offer drivers reliable, consistent user experiences, anywhere in the world.

“The integration will make analysing data from vehicles easier for car manufacturers across all services and allow them to complete software updates quickly. It will also help service centres maintain vehicles more effectively,” said Tara Prakriya, Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform and Mobility, Microsoft. (IANS)