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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is currently only accessible through specific Microsft Office 365 subscriptions. With the purchase of certain subscription models for businesses and enterprises, Skype for Business is also included. However, there is also an option to buy Skype for Business separately. At the moment, Microsoft is currently working to integrate Skype for Business into Microsoft Teams as a single process, but this is still in the works. Below you will find a breakdown of how to obtain access to Microsoft Teams through Office 365 subscriptions, in addition to access to Skype for Business.

About Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is powered through the Microsoft cloud. It works to integrate other services offered through Office 365 through a SharePoint Online site and Exchange Online group mailbox. Teams are created through Office 365 Groups with members who have subscriptions to Office 365 that also offer Microsoft Teams. When members are added, they have access to all content stored in SharePoint and Exchange. On March 5, 2018, however, Microsoft will allow users with access to Teams to add businesses or consumers as a guest in Microsoft Teams with any email (not just an Outlook address). Access to this addition will be turned off by default, but can be changed in user settings. Microsoft Teams is currently available through the following Office 365 subscription plans:


Microsoft Teams Pricing through Office 365 Subscriptions

OFFICE 365 BUSINESS PREMIUM
The Business Premium subscription is great for businesses with fewer than 300 employees that require the desktop applications offered by Microsoft (Word, Excel, etc.).

Annual Commitment: $12.50/month per user
Monthly Commitment: $15.00/month per user

Office Applications included: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access (PC only)

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer


OFFICE 365 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS
The Business Essentials subscription is primarily for businesses with fewer than 300 employees that do not require desktop applications. No Office Applications (Word, Excel, etc.) are included with this plan.

Annual Commitment: $5.00/month per user
Monthly Commitment: $6.00/month per user

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer


OFFICE 365 A1
Price: Free for students, faculty, and staff

Office Applications included: Outlook (online only), Word (online only), Excel (online only), PowerPoint (online only), OneNote

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Sway, Forms, Stream, Flow, PowerApps, School Data Sync


OFFICE 365 A3
Price: $6/month per student; $8/month per faculty member

Office Applications included: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only)

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Sway, Forms, Stream, Flow, PowerApps, School Data Sync, Bookings


OFFICE 365 EDUCATION A5
Price: $2.50/month per student; $3.25/month per faculty member

Office Applications included: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only)

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Sway, Forms, Stream, Flow, PowerApps, School Data Sync, Bookings, Power BI


OFFICE 365 ENTERPRISE E1:
The Office 365 Enterprise E1 plan is good for businesses that need online content and data governance, but not desktop applications (Word, Excel, etc.). No desktop versions of Microsoft Applications are available, only online applications.

Annual commitment only: $8.00/month per user

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer


OFFICE 365 ENTERPRISE E3:
The Office 365 Enterprise E3 plan is for businesses that require more security and management content, but also do not require desktop versions of Microsoft Applications. Only online versions of apps are applicable with this plan.

Annual commitment only: $20.00/month per user

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer


OFFICE 365 ENTERPRISE E5:
The Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan is great for businesses that require functionality across desktop applications and online content, in addition to content management and data governance tools.

Annual commitment only: $35.00/month per user

Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer

Microsoft Teams + Skype for Business

Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams provides a platform for workplace meetings through the Microsoft cloud. These meetings take place in real-time and allow for collaboration between business and/or customers. Meetings include both audio and video, and Town Halls with up to 10,000 participants are also supported through this system. Users can schedule online Skype meetings, dial-in audio conferences, and can even share files and content while in a Skype meeting through Microsoft Teams. Businesses also have the option to designate a specific phone number for domestic and international phone calls, and Skype for Business further supports voicemails, transfers, and emergency calling.

Microsoft is currently in the process of integrating Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams so that conversations between team members all take place in a single online location. This process is expected to be complete by the end of 2018, and will be released as the Skype for Business Server 2019. Skype for Business will still be available as a standalone product once this project is completed.

Skype for Business pRicing

Although many of the Office 365 subscription plans include Skype for Business, there is also an option to purchase Skype for Business separately. The plans for standalone Skype for Business are as follows:

— Standalone Online Plan 1: $2/month per user
— Standalone Online Plan 2: $5.50/month per user (includes online meetings)

Conclusion

Although Microsoft Teams is currently only accessible through certain Office 365 subscription models, the available options are widespread and offer the capability to adjust to any business's needs. If your business does not need access to Microsoft Office Applications such as Word and Excel, then the Business Essentials plan seems to be the best offer. However, the Business Premium and Enterprise plans offer greater capabilities and access to Teams and Skype for Business, in addition to other analytical processes. If your business already is paying for access to Office 365 with an annual commitment, then Skype for Business standalone plans are the most appropriate option for the time being, after which, switching to an Enterprise or Business plan might be more applicable and cost-efficient.
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