Microsoft Teams Premium - Overview for administrators

Information icon Most of the features described in this article require Teams Premium. A few features, for example, some webinar features, are available with other licenses as well. For details about feature availability and licensing, see Teams Premium licensing.

This article is for IT Pros and administrators who will be deploying and configuring Teams Premium features. The article provides a brief description of the features, with links to more detailed documentation.

Teams Premium is an add-on license that provides the following enhancements to Teams:

  • Enhanced meeting experiences for your end users
  • Enhanced security and protection for meetings
  • Enhanced administrative and telemetry support

Important

Now that Teams Premium has reached general availability, some features formerly available with Teams will only be available with a Teams Premium license.

For admins to be able to manage Teams Premium features, their tenant needs at least one user with an active Teams Premium license.

The following sections describe the Teams Premium enhancements for:

Note

We will continue to update this article. Check back often for links to new content.

Advanced protection

Teams Premium provides additional ways to safeguard and monitor users' Teams experiences with the following key features:

  • Sensitivity labels - Extended capabilities for sensitivity labels to control meeting settings normally controlled by the meeting organizer. These capabilities include new settings to control lobby, chat, chat copy, presentation, and recording functions.

  • Watermarking - Enforced through a sensitivity label. Watermarks display the email address of a meeting participant, which is useful for protecting confidential information shared in meetings.

  • End-to-end encryption - Enforced through a sensitivity label. End-to-end encryption provides increased security for meetings that require a higher level of protection.

  • Manage what attendees see - Meeting organizers can decide whose avatars or video feeds to spotlight during a Teams meeting. Others will be hidden from view.

  • Hide attendee names - Meeting and webinar organizers can hide the names of attendees from other attendees in the stage, roster, and chat.

  • Advanced collaboration analytics - In the Teams admin center, Teams admins can view data on their users, teams, federated domains, channels, and guests concerning their external collaboration activity.

Feature/Task Documentation for administrators Documentation for your end users
Sensitivity labels Configure Teams meetings with three tiers of protection
Watermarks Require a watermark for meetings Watermarks for meetings
End-to-end encryption (E2EE) Encryption for sensitive meetings Use encryption
Templates, labels, and policies Templates, sensitivity labels, and policies Use custom templates
Restrict who can record Manage recordings for sensitive meetings Record a meeting
Manage what attendees see No admin control. Manage what attendees see in Teams meetings
Hide attendee names Allow meeting and webinar organizers to hide the names of attendees
Advanced collaboration analytics Advanced Collaboration Analytics for Microsoft Teams No end-user controls.

Custom meetings

Teams Premium provides the following additional features for customizing meetings:

  • Meeting templates - Used to control meeting settings that the meeting organizer normally controls. With templates, you can create consistent meeting experiences in your organization and help enforce compliance requirements and business rules.

  • Meeting themes - Allows your organization to extend their visual identities across the meeting experience. You can set up and create meeting themes for a variety of business units and departments within a single tenant.

  • Custom meeting backgrounds for organizations - You can create and define custom meeting backgrounds that are then available to your end users with a Teams Premium license.

  • Custom together mode scenes for organizations - You can create, customize, or accept custom together mode scenes for meetings that are then available to your end users with a Teams Premium license.

  • Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP)-In - Organizers can produce their Teams meetings directly from an external hardware or software-based encoder.

Feature/Task Documentation for administrators Documentation for your end users
Meeting templates - Overview
- Create a custom meeting template
Use custom templates
Meeting themes Themes for Teams meetings Use meeting themes
Custom meeting backgrounds for organizations Meeting backgrounds
Custom together mode scenes for organizations Content for you and your developers
RTMP-In Manage RTMP-In for Teams meetings Use RTMP-In in a Teams meeting

Premium events

Town halls

Teams Premium provides the following features for an enhanced town hall experience:

  • Custom emails - Organizers and co-organizers can customize the town hall email templates sent to attendees.

  • Increased broadcast and Q&A capacity- Organizers can broadcast their town halls to 20,000 attendees. All attendees can use Q&A to interact with presenters, organizers, and co-organizers.

  • Increased languages for live translations- Attendees have 10 language options for live translated captions in town halls. These languages include:

    • English (en-us)
    • Japanese (ja-jp)
    • Spanish (es-es)
    • Portuguese (pt-pt)
    • French (fr-fr)
    • Chinese (zh-cn)
    • German (de-de)
    • Italian (it-it)
    • Korean (ko-kr)
    • Russian (ru-ru)
  • Town hall insights - Town hall organizers can troubleshoot town halls while they're live.

  • Real time monitoring of the attendee experience - Admins can use the analytics dashboard to troubleshoot the attendee experience during live town halls.

Feature/Task Documentation for administrators Documentation for your end users
Custom emails Manage email communications Schedule a town hall in Microsoft Teams
Town hall insights No admin control Town hall insights in Microsoft Teams
Live translated captions Configure transcription and captions for Teams meetings Use live captions in Microsoft Teams meetings
Real time monitoring of the attendee experience Analytics No end user control

Webinars

Teams Premium provides the following features for an enhanced webinar experience:

  • Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP)-In - Organizers can produce their Teams webinar directly from an external hardware or software-based encoder.
  • Custom emails - Organizers and co-organizers can customize the webinar email templates sent to attendees.
  • Custom webinar reminder email send times - Webinar reminder emails are automatically sent to registrants an hour before the event starts. With Teams Premium, organizers can edit the send time to notify attendees sooner.
  • Manage what attendees see - Webinar organizers can decide whose avatars or video feeds to spotlight during a Teams webinar. Others will be hidden from view.
  • Manually approve registrants - Organizers can approve or deny requests to register for their webinar.
  • Enable and manage the waitlist for webinars beyond capacity - When the webinar's registration reaches capacity, organizers can manage overflow registration requests through a waitlist.
  • Limit registration start and end times - Organizers can set a time window during which potential attendees can register for their webinar.
  • Hide attendee names - Meeting and webinar organizers can hide the names of attendees from other attendees in the stage, roster, and chat.
Feature/Task Documentation for administrators Documentation for your end users
Custom emails Manage email communications Manage webinar emails in Microsoft Teams
RTMP-In Manage RTMP-In for Teams meetings Use RTMP-In in a Teams meeting
Manage what attendees see No admin control Manage what attendees see in Teams meetings
Manually approve registrants No admin control Manage webinar registration in Microsoft Teams
Enable and manage the waitlist for webinars beyond capacity No admin control Manage webinar registration in Microsoft Teams
Limit registration start and end times No admin control Manage webinar registration in Microsoft Teams
Hide attendee names Allow meeting and webinar organizers to hide the names of attendees Hide attendee names in Teams meetings and webinars

Advanced Virtual Appointments

With any Microsoft 365 license, your end users can use basic Virtual Appointments capabilities to schedule and join business-to-customer meetings. For example, users can schedule appointments in the Bookings calendar and external attendees can join through a browser without having to download Teams.

Teams Premium provides advanced Virtual Appointment capabilities, such as:

  • SMS notifications
  • Custom waiting room
  • A queue of scheduled and on-demand appointments
  • Analytics
Feature/Task Documentation for administrators
SMS notifications SMS text notifications
Reporting Virtual Appointments usage report
Advanced Virtual Appointments activity report

Additional resources

You can find additional resources here: