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Microsoft’s Teams switch makes some free users either pay up or start over

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Microsoft is sunsetting the older “classic” free version of Teams, and users / small businesses will need to start paying to keep their chats and data intact, as Windows Central reports (via Engadget).

Microsoft Teams Free (classic) will be retired on April 12th, 2023, and will not include a direct migration path to the newer Microsoft Teams (free) version. The changes come after the recent addition of an OpenAI-touting Premium tier of Teams that includes features like auto-generated meeting notes.

Many companies and institutions may be reviewing and cutting back on paid services based on the changing economic situation. For businesses that are deeply entrenched in Teams, it might make sense to start paying for it.

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