I started to use "Teams free" for our small company (13 users) in January, assuming, that it is actually free without time limit, as stated on this microsoft product page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/free. I also add some screen shots that led me to that assumption.
Nevertheless, I got an email stating, that my test version (Microsoft Teams free) will be deactivated. I was able to extend the test version for another 30 days, but it will expire then. There doesn't seem to be a way around it, unless spending money.
According to a Support Engineer (with whom I had a couple of conversations within a related support case) confirmed, that the information on the linked site above is outdated and that the product "Teams free" is currently only available as test version, so will only be working for a limited time.
Now I call this false advertising:
The info given on the official Microsoft site linked above made me think, I could get the service for free without pre-defined time limit. Now I would need to spend money to continue using the service.
I would like to know: Am I mistaken? Was there an obvious hint this product (Teams free) is only a test version expiring after 4 months? Is there (to the contrary of the support engineer's info) a way to continue to use Teams free with the environment (organisation, Teams, channels, uploaded files etc.) we created? Or at least is it possible to create a fresh environment, that is for free without time limitation (so not just a test version), as the linked site states?
EDIT: The behaviour described above was due to a bug, that is supposedly fixed by now and completely rolled in week 19. Thank you, Sam!