Last month, Microsoft announced that it’s revising the pricing structure of the Teams Rooms subscriptions. The company unveiled yesterday new Teams Rooms Pro and Teams Rooms Basic offerings, which replace the existing Standard and Premium plans.
Microsoft Teams Rooms Basic is a free tier designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. It offers basic meeting experiences for Teams Rooms devices, including support for scheduling/joining meetings and content sharing. However, the Basic license doesn’t include advanced management and hybrid meeting features.
According to Microsoft, Teams Rooms Basic is bundled free with the purchase of a Teams Rooms device. Moreover, IT admins can only assign up to 25 Basic licenses to users in their tenant.
“A Teams Rooms Basic license can be used to license a single certified Teams Rooms device in a room. If you want to log into more than one device in a room using the same resource account (for example, a Teams Rooms console, a Surface Hub, and a Teams panel), you need to use a Teams Rooms Pro license,” the company explained.
The Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro plan includes all the existing features available for the Teams Rooms devices. It also brings several new meeting capabilities, such as the Front Row layout, the large gallery view, dual-screen support, bandwidth optimization, and noise suppression. There are also some engagement features like content sharing, chat bubbles, raise hand and live reactions.
Moreover, Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro brings new enterprise-grade management and security features. These include device analytics, remote configuration, Microsoft Endpoint Manager support, the AI-powered remediation service, and more.
The Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro plan is now available for all enterprise customers at $40 per device per month. It’s an affordable option compared to Teams Rooms Premium, which costs $50 per device per month.
Microsoft says that organizations will be able to continue using their existing Premium licenses until their agreement expires. Going forward, Microsoft will not add any new features to its Standard or Premium subscriptions. The company is encouraging partners to transition their customers to Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro as soon as possible.