If you use Microsoft Office for work, then you most definitely use Microsoft Teams to conduct your meetings. Meetings are often full to the brim with useful information, and retrieving that information can be a pain. Well, Microsoft Teams will let you revisit and record your old meetings. However, this does come at a cost.
Speaking of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft has unbundled Teams from Office in Europe, which is unfortunate. Before you get your pitchforks out, this wasn’t entirely Microsoft’s decision.
Not too long ago, Slack CEO Eric Yuan asked the EU to look into Microsoft about it bundling Teams with Office as a possible antitrust violation. This prompted the company to unbundle the services in Europe. Yuan has since asked the United States FTC to investigate as well.
You can revisit your old Teams meetings but at a cost
If you need to recall something from a meeting that you didn’t write down or go over what was said, Microsoft now gives you the ability to do so. According to Techradar, Microsoft released an API that will allow you to pull transcripts from past meetings.
This will cost the user .24¢ per minute. So, if you pull a full hour, then it will cost you about 14¢. That’s not much if you’re just going back through a few meetings, but if your meetings go long, or if you need to sift through a ton of meetings, then the costs will add up.
What if you want to pull actual recordings? Well, you can do this as well. This will cost a bit more money at 3¢ per minute. So, pulling a full hour would cost you $1.80. Again, in the grand scheme of things, that’s not a lot. However, the costs could rack up if you need to pull a bunch of recordings.
If you use Microsoft Teams in the US, keep an eye out for any new changes coming down the road. If the FTC looks into Microsoft as per Slack’s request, then Teams might be unbundled from Office.