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The feature is offered for free to MS Teams users, but you need a license for advanced featrures

Microsoft announced this week that Microsoft Teams customers will now be able to view and edit Microsoft Dynamics 365 data in Teams. The feature is available for free, which means that a Microsoft Dynamics 365 license is not required. However, if you need advanced features or analytics, you’ll need to purchase Dynamics 365 for the full experience.

Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, made the announcement in a blog post. He first admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled the sktyrocketing popularity of the Teams platform. “Over the past 18 months, people have come to rely on Teams to meet, chat, call, collaborate,” he writes. But they also help automate business processes.

“In a very real way, Teams has become the new front end for a new world of work. But empowering people for flexible work isn’t easy. Every organization will need to build a new operating model across people, places, and processes.”

He goes on to introduce a new Dynamics 365 + Microsoft Teams experience that “demonstrates the power of collaborative apps and enables organizations to activate this capability.”

Delivering added value without added cost

“Hybrid work requires a new class of apps that surface in rich ways across all the places people work,” Spataro writes. These modalities include, for example, chat, channels, and meetings. These apps are a fusion of people and business process, he says, and are simply known as “collaborative apps.”

Dynamics 365 and Teams help users to seamlessly exchange and capture ideas right in the flow of work. But there is more to the story.

“We’re also eliminating the licensing tax that has historically held organizations back from this kind of integration,” he boasts. Which means they are making these experiences available within Teams to any user, at no additional cost.

“No other technology vendor offers this kind of integration and accessibility across the organization without the need to pay for multiple underlying software licenses,” he adds.