Allow the Free Teams license to operate like the PowerBI free tier/licensing in o365 admin
Our org uses Azure cloud and PowerBI already and we want to use the new free version of Teams, however the way the free license is setup right now, existing Microsoft Accounts that have any sort of o365 tenant can't use the free version (only buying a full o365 license is an option).
We'd love to try out teams without having to create a whole new set of email addresses/tenant but we can't. Can you make the free teams license operate similar to the PowerBI Free/Pro license? We have a mix of both free and pro powerbi users in the same org and it works great.
The current setup is really only free for orgs that don't have any Microsoft accounts already...
Nigel Thomson commented
I really do hope that MS pull their finger out on this one. If I don’t pay any money at all I can have 300 team members. If I have one person paying then “Free” teams don’t apply.
1) We need to be able to use ONE email address that we can easily use for joining multiple teams. The system for that is a nightmare at the moment.
2) If we’re paying O365 subscriptions we need to be given a break to be able to add some unlicensed users that can at least have the same functionality as someone on a free setup.
Mini businesses need a hand on the way up to grow, and the millions of groups of people which aren’t businesses but can justify a few licenses to help operations aren’t going to pay for a sub for others just for teams.
And no, a one year free trial doesn’t do it!
Yes, please add free Team to the user panel.
Microsoft free teams do not work for paying user - e.g. if you a user that has bought a Kiosk license (Exhange) and you want add free teams option.
Microsoft have the offer of free teams (2BG storage, Guest access, Channel meeting,1:1 calls, Screen sharing):
Kalpesh Khetani commented
It is unfortunate that we are effectively penalised from using the free tier because we are using one paid for component (Power BI Pro) with Microsoft.
It would appear that the only way to access Teams would be for us to purchase an Office 365 subscription. It’s unfair that any new customer can access the free tier without having to subscribe but existing customers (no matter what is enabled on their tenant) have to purchase a full subscription.
I would say tadaaaaaa is not FREE
That is the problem and I have been complaining.
DO NOT ADVERTISE it is FREE when it is NOT.
This exact issue made Teams a no go for me on a project. I would have converted it to it for a project, but not all participants have Office365 AND I don't want to confuse the users with "Free Teams" vs their Office365 Teams. Fix this quick, or strategy of "free teams leads to Office365 licenses" will actually lead to "Lack of Free for non Office365 users" sends me to Slack. Limit external team members, integrate them via Yammer, or something if your worry is licensing. But don't ***** up the product momentum by leaving a gaping whole in functionality the free licenses was announced to fix.
Johnny Sayasane commented
I highly agree about this idea as my company is very small and already use SharePoint to be our main stopping point, it works really great! Now Teams goes free for public, I think it's time to share this feature to be a part of Office.com