Speaking on stage at its Office event, Microsoft announced that the preview of Microsoft Teams kicks off today, November 2, in 181 countries. In addition, Teams is already localized in 18 different languages, and is included in all Office 365 Business and Enterprise suites. While the preview is available now for Office 365 Business users, Microsoft also announced that it expects Teams to be generally available in the first quarter of 2017.
To recap, Microsoft Teams was only just announced as Microsoft's competitor to Slack in the collaborative workplace chat space. The service not only provides an easy way to communicate with others via text chat, but it also features video chat integration over Skype, integration with other Office 365 services and much more. For more, be sure to check out our Microsoft Teams announcement post.
As for platforms, Microsoft says that Microsoft Teams is available on the web, as well as for Windows (including Mobile), Mac, Android and iOS.
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The Financial Times reports that as part of negotiations, Microsoft is now inquiring whether it can buy all of TikTok, instead of just the business in the US., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This new plan would include India and Europe (and excluding China).
Here are tech media's hot takes on Surface Duo
Reactions to the Surface Duo after its launch earlier this week ranged from disappointed to elated. Among the media, in particular, there was a surprising amount of enthusiasm for Microsoft's dual-screen device. Here's a look at some of the chatter from around the web.
Who is Surface Duo for? Don't overthink it.
Microsoft's Surface Duo is raising lots of eyebrows, but one lingering question seems to baffle people: who is Surface Duo for? As it turns out, the answer is simple and doesn't require a lot of logic twisting. We can start to answer the question by what the head of Surface has said publicly.
10 must-have apps for any new PC
You just purchased a new PC and set it up, and now you're looking for some great apps. Look no further. These are the best apps for your new Windows 10 PC.