ASSISTANCE

Microsoft launches stand-alone app to support SMEs

It is an affordable all-in-one solution in the market at only $4 (Sh448) per user per month.

In Summary

•Teams essentials will enable the small businesses to serve their customers in new ways.

•It will also enable them to take productivity to the next level with tools like calendar integration, group chat and extended meeting limits up to 30 hours and 300 attendees at once.

A Microsoft logo is seen on an office building in New York City.
A Microsoft logo is seen on an office building in New York City.
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Microsoft on Saturday launched Teams Essentials, a stand-alone offering of Microsoft teams designed for small businesses.

It is an affordable all-in-one solution in the market at only $4 (Sh448) per user per month.

While the past 20 months have been challenging for all organizations, small businesses have been hit the hardest.

They have had to adopt nearly every aspect of how they operate and work with customers often without access to critical tools and technologies.

“We all know the shift to remote and hybrid work has presented ample challenges for companies of all sizes but the unique challenges that small businesses face require unique solutions,” Corporative Vice President, Microsoft 365, Jared Spataro said.

H added that Microsoft is well positioned to provide small business customers with the best possible tools to succeed.

Teams essentials will enable the small businesses to serve their customers in new ways, grow their business and gain competitive advantages in several ways including easily hosting longer professional meetings with colleagues, customers and partners.  

It will also enable them to take productivity to the next level with tools like calendar integration, group chat and extended meeting limits up to 30 hours and 300 attendees at once.

In addition, it enables these businesses to stay organized while also saving time by connecting existing tools in one place with powerful collaboration and increased 10GB of cloud storage.

Spataro said that they appreciate that the world is not going back to the old way of working so small businesses need solutions that are designed specifically for their unique needs to thrive in this new normal.

Small businesses from restaurants to retailers to professional services can easily meet, collaborate, communicate and serve customers in new ways through this platform.  

 

Edited by S. Maombo