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Microsoft News: Microsoft Switches Teams Rooms Licensing to Basic and Pro Options

Microsoft has announced changes to Microsoft Teams Rooms licensing plan by switching Teams Rooms licensing to Basic and Pro options. The switchover to the Basic and Pro offering took effect on September 1, 2022.

About Microsoft Teams Rooms

Microsoft Teams Rooms is a meeting space solution with the goal to enable effective hybrid collaboration. This is an ecosystem of Microsoft Teams software and certified partner hardware devices that provide flexibility for meetings.

What changes should we expect in the Pro version?

Teams Rooms Pro is a new offer that combines the value of existing Teams Rooms features, new innovations, and the Teams Rooms managed service platform—an all-in-one license. It simplifies the purchasing process for the customers. The Pro plan gives more automated monitoring and dashboards.

These are some of its features available or coming soon:

  • Intelligent audio and video: layout options like the front row, noise suppression, and bandwidth optimization. Advanced camera capabilities use AI to help remote attendees feel like they are in the room with automatic framing to capture the active speaker.
  • Increased engagement: wirelessly sharing content, raising hands, and live reactions. And when using the classic video grid layout, chat bubbles alert in-room participants to the conversation happening alongside the meeting, so nothing gets missed.
  • Powerful collaboration: Microsoft Whiteboard, Microsoft Surface Hub 2S, and the intelligent capture of an analog whiteboard.
  • Management and security: enterprise-grade management and security, including access control, remote configuration, and device analytics, as well as IT service management (ITSM) integration.

Pro offering is priced at $40 per device per month, “with an annual commitment or $48 per device per month

Microsoft Teams Rooms Basic

Microsoft Teams Rooms Basic is aimed at small businesses to help them create a better hybrid meeting experience. It is equipped with the Teams meeting experiences like scheduling, joining meetings, and wireless content sharing.

Teams Rooms Basic is included with the purchase of any certified Teams Rooms device at no additional cost purchased on or after September 1, 2022. Customers can apply up to 25 Basic licenses to their tenants.

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