Sign-ups for consumer Microsoft Teams open, but there's a catch

Microsoft Teams PC
Microsoft Teams PC (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • You can now sign up to be notified when Microsoft Teams for consumers becomes available.
  • To sign up, you have to agree to hear from Microsoft about its products and services.
  • Microsoft Teams for consumers adds several features currently restricted to Microsoft Teams for business users.

You can now sign up to be notified when the consumer version of Microsoft Teams becomes available. Microsoft recently announced Microsoft Teams for consumers as part of a larger announcement for Microsoft 365. The upcoming consumer version of Microsoft Teams brings several features to the non-business version of Microsoft Teams that are currently only available for business users, including assigning tasks to team members, editing a joint calendar, and accessing cloud storage.

To be notified when consumer Microsoft Teams becomes available, you have to sign up using this form. Most of it is straightforward, including adding your email address and your country. The last portion is a bit odd, though. It reads, "I would like to hear from Microsoft and its family of companies via email and phone about Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft products and services." This isn't an unusual statement for companies to include in things like this, but there isn't an option to say no. Usually, you can opt-out of information like this and still proceed with the form. If you don't accept the final portion, you can't sign up to be notified.

Sign Up Teams

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Microsoft is trying to position Teams to be for people inside and outside the office. The new capabilities make the consumer version of Teams much more useful than the free version of Teams that's currently available. By signing up to be notified about consumer Microsoft Teams, you'll be among the first to be able to try out the new features.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at