Microsoft Teams’ personal version arrives with 24-hour video calls, together mode, and more. After nearly a year available in the preview phase, today is the day chosen by Microsoft for the official launch of the personal and free version of Microsoft Teams, thus becoming an interesting alternative to consolidated messaging options such as WhatsApp or FB Messenger, and more in the section of video calls, which have had so much prominence throughout the pandemic.
In this sense, Microsoft Teams will continue to have free video calls of up to 24 hours, which came to preview during November, although at first, it will allow a maximum of 300 people to meet in a video call of up to 24 hours, although along the way it will be reduced to a maximum of 100 people for a maximum of 60 minutes, maintaining that yes the 1 to 1 video calls up to a maximum of 24 hours.
A highlight of the video calls is that family and friends will also be able to make use of Together Mode, the AI-based feature that organizes the attendees’ images, eliminating their backgrounds, in the different virtual scenarios.
In addition, the personal version of Microsoft Teams also expands its availability, since in addition to being present on Android and iOS from the preview, from now on it also begins to be available in the web version and desktop applications.
In practice, the personal version of Microsoft Teams is quite similar to the enterprise version of this service, where in addition to allowing contact by chat and video calls, users will also have it easy to share calendars, locations, and files.
And with the arrival of Microsoft Teams for personal use, it now remains to be seen what the fate of Skype will be.
The company said at the time, with the launch of the Microsoft Teams for personal use preview, that it was “fully committed to Skype,” but months on, it is clear that Skype’s decline among home users is more than evident in the face of rival options.