What you need to know
- The free version of Microsoft Teams now allows you to create and schedule meetings.
- Previously, free users could join meetings created by paid users but couldn't create meetings.
- The feature started rolling out on June 2 and is rolling out gradually.
Microsoft Teams free now supports creating and scheduling meetings. The feature started rolling out earlier this week on June 2 and is now gradually making its way to all free users of Microsoft Teams (via OnMSFT). Previously, free users of Microsoft Teams could join meetings created by paid users but couldn't create meetings themselves. Microsoft explains how Meetings work within Teams in a support document.
Meetings within Microsoft Teams are group calls that support audio and video. In them, you can also share your screen, certain files such as PowerPoint presentations, and communicate with anyone else in the meeting. Meetings also have a chat thread that makes it easy to share links and information relevant to the call.
Once the feature rolls out to you, a Meet icon will appear on the left side of Microsoft Teams on the desktop. You can then either schedule a meeting for the future or click "Meet now."
While somewhat limited when compared to the paid version of Microsoft Teams, the free version of Teams has continued to improve since its launch in 2018. Microsoft continues to roll out new features for it, including hand raise support that rolled out across platforms recently.
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