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M365 Changelog: (Updated) Self-service trial experience available for Teams Exploratory

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MC527446 – Updated May 10, 2023: Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Starting in April, individual users in your organization can initiate a self-service trial of Microsoft Teams Exploratory using their AAD credentials with no requirement to input payment information, while providing complete visibility and control to their Microsoft 365 admin.

Note: These trial capabilities will be available worldwide.

When this will happen:

Will begin rolling out in June (previously late April) and expect to complete by July (previously early May).

How this will affect your organization:

Users will be able to initiate a Teams Exploratory trial by signing into the Teams desktop app or the web app using their AAD account. Self-service trial licenses will be a part of your Microsoft organizational tenant, and you will be able to manage these licenses like other Microsoft subscriptions. You will be able to cancel trial licenses at any time.

You will also fully control whether trials are converted to paid subscriptions. Users won’t need to input payment information when signing up. If a user would like to convert to a paid license, they must work with you directly to do so as there is no auto-renew functionality for these trials.

If a user isn’t upgraded to a paid subscription, all services included in their Microsoft Teams Exploratory will end, and your user may lose access to their data stored in Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint. The customer data for all services associated with the Microsoft Teams Exploratory trial will be handled in accordance with the Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement and the Product Terms

What you need to do to prepare:

Global or billing admins can use the same self-service purchase controls to disable self-service trials while making use of subscription management capabilities to oversee and manage trial licenses on the Your Products page in the Billing section of Microsoft 365 admin center. 

Note: This is a new Teams Exploratory trial and is enabled or disabled independently of past trial offerings. 

Review our updated self-service purchase and trial documentation here. We’ve added important information about the way trials work, the data that is collected, and the terms that apply.

Within the admin center, you can move users to a paid Microsoft 365 subscription to allow users with a Microsoft Teams Exploratory trial to continue using Teams after their trial expires. Alternatively, if you have Teams Premium or Microsoft 365 licenses available, you can also choose to let users auto-claim licenses the first time they sign in by creating an auto-claim policy. This provides users the ability to automatically claim a product license the first time they sign into an app such as Microsoft Teams. Learn more about managing auto-claim policies for Teams here.

Learn more about Teams Exploratory here

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