Microsoft Teams Self-Service Licensing

Further to the Power Platform self-service licensing on Office 365 :

Did you know that users can also get their own Teams trials? It’s now called the Microsoft Teams Exploratory License. The Teams Exploratory experience is meant to be initiated by individual end users The service plans included in the Teams Exploratory experience are:

  • Exchange Online (Plan 1)
  • Flow for Office 365
  • Insights by MyAnalytics
  • Microsoft Forms (Plan E1)
  • Microsoft Planner
  • Microsoft Search
  • Microsoft StaffHub
  • Microsoft Stream for O365 E1 SKU
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Mobile Device Management for Office 365
  • Office Mobile Apps for Office 365
  • Office Online
  • PowerApps for Office 365
  • SharePoint Online (Plan 1)
  • Sway
  • To-Do (Plan 1)
  • Whiteboard (Plan 1)
  • Yammer Enterprise

At least on this one, admins get notified if someone signs up for it, and we can switch it off via a radio button in tenant admin centre – much better than the PowerShell version required for the Power Platform. This is still a big governance issue though, so don’t ignore it. Your licensing should be planned and managed on company level, not individual level.

It’s message number MC197570 in the Message Centre and was called the Microsoft Teams Commercial Cloud Trial. The Microsoft Teams Commercial Cloud Trial offers existing Office 365 users in your organization who are not licensed for Microsoft Teams to initiate a 1-year trial of the product. The trial grants a one-year trial subscription to your entire organization. For each license assigned, the trial allocates 2 GB of SharePoint Online storage. Admins can switch this feature on or off for users in their organization.

There are implications of upgrading from free to paid Microsoft Teams, so be careful with your planning.

#Strategy #Governance #Planning

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