On 6 September 2022, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro and Basic licenses. As part of this announcement, it also shared an important update about the use of M365/O365 (i.e., A, E, G) user subscription licenses for Teams Rooms deployments.
Starting 1 July 2023, customers, including Microsoft Surface Hub users, will no longer be able to apply user subscription licenses to sign-in to their Microsoft Teams Rooms devices, meaning customers will need to procure and provision a Teams Rooms license.
The policy also includes devices enrolled in the Pro Management portal. A Teams Rooms Pro or Teams Rooms Premium (legacy) license will be required to take advantage of the AI-powered cross-platform device management capabilities of the Pro Management portal.
New Licenses Available
Teams Rooms Pro license delivers enhanced in-room meeting experiences like intelligent audio and video, front row and large galleries, and dual screen support. Teams Rooms Pro also provides advanced management features like remote device management, conditional access policies, and detailed device analytics. It is a great fit for medium and enterprise organisations, as well as smaller organisations with larger room counts or more advanced needs. Teams Rooms Pro licenses can be used to license both certified Teams Rooms systems and Teams Panels.
Teams Rooms Basic license provides core meeting experiences at no additional cost. The Teams Rooms Basic license includes scheduling, joining meetings, content sharing, and collaborative whiteboarding. In addition, the license offers basic security and management capabilities out-of-the-box. You can assign up to 25 Microsoft Teams Rooms Basic licenses to Teams Rooms systems in your organisation. If you need to license more than 25 Teams Rooms systems, they will require Teams Rooms Pro licenses. Teams Rooms Basic licenses can be used to license Teams Rooms systems only and not Teams Panels.
How Cisilion can support you
These changes are designed to provide a better experience and more features for Teams Rooms devices. We understand that choosing the right license for your organisation can be confusing, and as a Microsoft Solutions Partner, with Advanced Specialisations in collaboration, we can help you make the best decision for your needs.
We recommend you review your current Microsoft Teams Rooms device licensing and make sure you are prepared for these upcoming changes. To learn more about the Teams Rooms Pro and Teams Rooms Basic licenses and how we can support you, speak with a member of our team today!