Free Microsoft Teams and what's behind

Microsoft Teams is here - for Free

The offering was designed to small business and groups of co-workers that don’t have commercial Office 365 subscriptions. You can read the official announcement on the Microsoft Teams Blog

How to get it?

Using the link, you will be redirected to the right page where you can sign-up for the free service.
You can even use your existing Microsoft Account (MSA for sort) to register.

Teams sign up form.

First steps

After you successfully registered and the Teams application or Web App has loaded you can invite your team members

Invite team members to Teams.

When you're in the General channel view of the first Team (in my case it's called tms), you can see the members of your team. You can invite others to be members of your organization. And you can invite external guests as well.

Teams start page.

What is included?

With the Free offering you get the following benefits for up to 300 people.

  • Unlimited chat messages and search.
  • Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups.
  • 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.
  • Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from—including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft’s secure, global infrastructure.

Learn everything about Teams

There is Microsoft Teams YouTube channel where you can learn everything. How to use Teams and make the most out of it.

Behind the curtains

With the Free Microsoft Teams subscription we can say that you get an #Office365Lite subscription which provides the background services.
Let me go through all these one by one.

SharePoint Online

You get #SharePoint Online in the background which provides the file storage capabilities of Microsoft Teams. You can find the link on the Files tab:

Link to SharePoint Online.


Also, you get #OneDrive for Business in the background. You can see it when you want to share a file with someone you Chat with

OneDrive behind Teams.

Office 365 Admin Center

I call this whole setup to #Office365Lite indicating that you cannot access the Office Admin Center but there is a workaround and we will talk about it later in this post.

Cannot log in into the Admin Center using MSA.

Azure Active Directory

Every Office 365 Tenant have an #AzureAD in the background which provides the user and group managemet and a lot more other things. The good news is that you can access #AzureAD using the URL. As you can see the green highlighting you got the Azure AD for Office 365 package:

AAD behind Teams.
User Management

With #AzureAD you can manage your users and guests in the Tenant. You can even create real Organizational accounts which are not mapped to any Microsoft Accounts.
As you can see your MSA account is mapped to this account. Which is a pretty nice solution, I was hoping to see this a long time now. Technically your MSA is an alternative login name tied to this account.
You can even create a brand new Global Administrator account which can be used to that previously mentioned #workaround later:

Teams users in AAD.

Last but not least, in my case there is one external user already in the Tenant, which was invited using Microsoft Teams.

THE Workaround

Now with the new Global Administrator account you can try to access the Office Admin Center and finally you will be able to log in. As you can see in the picture below I'm using the new Global Admin account and I can search for my other account as well.

And probably the most important thing is the Compliance admin center!

If you have someone at your organization responsible for #GDPR Compliance and Cyber Security they will need access to the Security and Compliance Center

Office 365 Admin Center.

Security & Compliance Center

Just a quick look, I will write more about the SCC in a different post.

Security and Compliance Center.
David Sass

David Sass

David is a highly skilled SharePoint Guy who is focusing on Automation, Compliance, Security, Operational Excellence, Quality Assurance and hacking the unexpected out of the technology stack.