Get ready now for Microsoft Teams Free (Classic) to shut down on April 12th.


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It’s almost time to say “goodbye” to Microsoft Teams Free (Classic). After Wednesday, April 12, Microsoft is shutting down this free option for its Teams online meeting and collaboration tool. If you use it, you may lose all your chats and data after Wednesday.

Microsoft has one Two options of options for free (classic) users of Teams, but both have their problems. If you don’t want to pay for access to Teams, you can sign up for the new Microsoft Teams (free) service. It includes features like an unlimited number of group meetings, each up to 60 minutes long. You can have up to 100 people in each of these meetings, and each user gets 5GB of cloud storage.

Sounds good, right? The problem is that you won’t be able to transfer any of your data from the old Microsoft Teams Free (Classic) to the new Microsoft Teams (free) service. If you use this method, you’ll basically be starting from scratch.

The second option allows you to migrate your data from Microsoft Teams Free (Classic) to the new system. It’s called Microsoft Teams Essentials and it supports an unlimited number of 30-hour-long meetings, with up to 300 participants per meeting and 10GB of cloud storage for each person.

You can probably guess what the downside is with this tier. Microsoft Teams Essentials will cost $4 per user per month, so it’s a very expensive option for many small businesses. You can continue using a free version, at the cost of losing all your old Teams chats and data, or go with the paid version, and keep all your data.


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