Microsoft Teams preview kicks off in 181 countries

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.

Teams Preview Details

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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  • Well that was a short event. :| Excited about Teams though, will try to get it implemented at work. We currently use a mishmash of Skype and an outdated version of Outlook to collaborate, and it can be a pain sometimes to keep track if everything.
  • Great news . Thanks MS for this opportunity
  • Amazing how MS can do a global rollout for an enterprise software service in the same way that Apple unleashes the latest iPhone! But they can't get Cortana into 181 countries, why is that?
  • Cortana on W10M is already everywhere. It only depends on language.
  • It took several years for other assistants to reach more than ten markets and they don't have any local refinements.
  • Is there any apps for this yet?
  • Great news!
  • What does general availability entail? I mean it's already generally available for all business/enterprise subscribers as a preview. Is this hinting at it being available for non-business accounts in the future?