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Microsoft is rolling out Teams, its team-collaboration service, in 181 markets and 19 languages to Office 365 business customers starting today, March 14.

There are more than 85 million active Office 365 business customers who will be getting Teams for no additional cost beyond what they already pay for their Office 365 subscriptions.

(There's still no word on when Microsoft will make Teams available to Office 365 education users; I asked again last week.)Microsoft has added 100 new features since Teams entered public preview in November 2016, officials said.

The much-requested external guest-access feature is not there yet, but will be coming starting at the end of June 2017, officials said.

Public teams support, bots in teams, and a new scheduling assistant were all added to the public preview last week.

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Read More Unlike Slack, Microsoft isn't trying to eliminate the need for email with Teams, company execs emphasized.

Microsoft is working to simplify moving conversations from email into Teams, and is providing the ability to email a Teams channel with formatting, flags, and attachments all supported.

And Microsoft Outlook-Teams integration will continue to get deeper, officials said."We see Teams as a chat-based workspace," said Brian Mac Donald, the corporate vice president who heads up Microsoft Teams. We're building strong integration between the two."Yes, there are stickers and emoji in Teams.

"There are different types of teams and collaboration, and different types of tools for each." "Outlook is a hub you live in. But Microsoft also is putting the focus on the enterprise with Teams.

As of today, there are more than 150 integrations available or coming soon with bots and connectors from companies like Meekan, Growbot, Module Q, SAP Success Factors, and Trello.