Microsoft launches the ‘family’ version of Teams with free video calls

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Microsoft has launched the version for personal use from Microsoft Teams. Last year it showed a preliminary version of this application that can now be used by users beyond the professional field to communicate with friends and family.

The personal and family version of Microsoft Teams maintains the same functions as Microsoft Teams Professional

The new familiar Teams works on both iOS and Android. There is also a desktop app or it can be used through the web browser, without the need to download or install any application on the device.

In essence, it is the same service as the usual Microsoft Teams in its business version, which allows you to have text chats, video calls and share files, calendars and locations in the simplest way. One of the most striking features is the possibility of free video calls of up to 24 hours, something that other popular video calling apps on the market do not have.

This maximum limit of 24 hours of duration applies to video calls in groups of up to 300 people, it was already active in Teams professional since last November. Microsoft established a 60-minute limit for video calls in groups of up to a hundred people during the first months of the pandemic, but it did maintain the possibility of establishing them between two participants for 24 hours. Now all limitations disappear with the familiar version of Microsoft Teams.

Personal Microsoft Teams users will also be able to use the Together function, a feature that allows, thanks to Artificial Intelligence, to place the face and the upper part of the trunk of the participants on a virtual stage (an auditorium, a conference room, a bar…) so that they seem to share the same physical space, something similar to the new investment scenarios that Zoom recently presented. It looks like this:

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The version intended for personal use means that Microsoft places Teams in a sector of instant messaging platforms where it can compete with WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, iMessage (Apple messages) … In this area the company already had another product, Skype, whose future is now in question, although at the moment no plan has been revealed for Microsoft to use Teams as a substitute for Skype, once a reference in video calls.