Customers are invited to test the Teams Premium preview.

According to Microsoft, Teams Premium is now accessible as a preview, offering interested users the chance to sign up for the trial and sample the service’s enhanced new features before they become broadly available in February 2023.

Margi Desai, a product manager for Microsoft Teams, writes in a blog post, “Today, we are thrilled to report that we are making Microsoft Teams Premium publicly accessible for preview as a restricted trial for our commercial customers through the Microsoft 365 admin portal.” The features included in this package started to roll out in December and will do so through January.

Teams Premium, which was announced in October, offers a number of new features that “more personalised, intelligent, and secure” the various components of the communication-collaboration platform. Meeting branding (for adding personalised logos and backgrounds in the meeting lobby), meeting guidance (which directs in the selection of the suitable meeting type, such as client call, brainstorming meeting, or help desk call), and insightful meeting summary are some of the features (AI-based suggestions and intelligent recap with autogenerated chapters and highlighted insights).

The live captions from 40 spoken languages, advanced meeting protection to prevent leaks and restrict who can record, advanced virtual appointments, customer text reminders, custom-branded virtual appointments, appointment queuing for managing appointments in one location, and the ability to view Teams-related analytics like trends and history are some of the other standout features of Teams Premium. Advanced Webinars will also be available, giving customers access to enhanced host capabilities and event management tools. Additionally, Premium will have a waitlist for registration and manual approval that allow users to still sign up for webinars even after the capacity is full and immediately add them to the waitlist. On its blog, Microsoft lists each of these features in great detail.

Administrators can sign up for a limited number of complimentary Teams Premium trial licences that are valid for 30 days by enrolling in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. Customers who already have Microsoft 365 or Office 365 licences can add Teams Premium as an add-on starting in February 2023, according to Microsoft, after this preview.

One of the numerous new additions to Teams is the new offer. Additionally recently revealed by Microsoft was the integration of Adobe Acrobat into Microsoft Teams as well as the launch of the new Communities feature, which enables users to build communities devoted to particular groups. According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, additional features, such as Teams casting from a mobile device to Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows, video un-mirroring feature, LinkedIn integration, self-chat feature, chat pinning, and more, are anticipated to be generally available to public customers in 2023.

Christopher Woodill

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