Microsoft has launched a new, standalone offering to help small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) called Teams Essentials — and Pax8 has your first look. Join us for a peek into this exciting tool that drives efficient communication, collaboration, and productivity in ways only larger, enterprise clients could effectively access until now.


Unlocking New Client Segments

Teams Essentials provides a new entry point into the Microsoft 365 ecosystem for businesses with 300 or fewer employees, especially those specifically looking to upgrade their work experience. Built for easy implementation, it lets you deliver a full Teams experience to SMB clients without requiring them to deploy the entire Microsoft 365 suite. It works seamlessly with on-premises or hosted Exchange, integrates with a client’s existing email system, and allows for a single calendar view.


Connection that Drives Productivity and Efficiency

As we mentioned, Teams Essentials is a fully featured version of Teams built as a standalone solution. You can offer it to SMB clients as an easy, cost-effective entry point into the world of Microsoft productivity. It brings together the best of Teams with meetings, chat, calling, and collaboration, so users can connect naturally, stay organized, and bring ideas to life.


Teams Essentials includes access to cloud versions of Microsoft 365 apps and enables file and document sharing among users. It also includes per-user cloud storage for documents and files.


Teams Essentials At-a-Glance

General  Channel Availability

Partner Only

Seat Cap


Core Teams Experience Group meeting participants


Meeting Duration

30 hours

Unlimited Chat

1:1 calls/ meetings and screen sharing

Virtual Backgrounds

Live closed captions

Guest Access

Office  Web and Mobile Microsoft 365 apps

Productivity  FireFile and document cloud storage (per user)

10 GB


3rd Party Teams integrations

Admin  Centralized management

Microsoft Readiness Sessions 

To help you understand the sales potential of Teams Essentials, Microsoft has created the Teams Essentials Sales and Technical Readiness Series. Sign up for one or all of them to familiarize yourself with and get ready to sell the new Teams Essentials products.  


Teams Essentials – Enabling Hybrid Work 

December 7, 8-9 am PST or December 8, 5-6 pm PST    


Configure and Set Up Microsoft Teams Essentials 

December 14, 8-9 am PST or December 15, 5-6 pm PST  


How to Build a Profitable Microsoft Teams Practice 

January 4, 8-9 am PST or January 5, 5-6pm PST  


Get Started with Teams Essentials Today 

The most robust version of Teams Essentials, which includes third party Teams integrations and centralized administrative management, is only available through CSP. Fortunately, getting started is as easy as reaching out to a Pax8 rep for a one-on-one conversation to learn all about adding Teams Essentials to your offerings today.