Microsoft hopes to win over Zoom fans with free 24-hour Teams web calls

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This isn’t Microsoft’s first shot at adapting a video chat app to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Skype got a login-free meeting feature in the early days of the outbreak. The Teams expansion is considerably more ambitious, however, and might be vital when a surge in the virus has quashed most hopes for in-person holiday get-togethers.

Not that Microsoft necessarily had much choice. Zoom is temporarily dropping its 40-minute on free video calls for Thanksgiving. If Teams didn’t have a free and effectively unlimited option, Microsoft could easily lose users determined to stay in touch at a particularly challenging moment.

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