Microsoft Teams Premium licensing

Microsoft Teams Premium is a Teams add-on license that allows organizations with Microsoft 365 subscriptions to enhance their Teams experience with benefits like:

  • More personalized and intelligent meetings, webinars, and town halls.
  • Enhanced protection for meetings.
  • Advanced management and reporting capabilities for IT.
  • Advanced Virtual Appointments.

This article is for IT admins who wish to understand Teams Premium licensing and purchase Teams Premium licenses for their users. This article provides answers to questions like:

To learn how to set up and configure Teams Premium features, see Microsoft Teams Premium - Overview for administrators, which also includes links to end-user documentation.


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

How does Teams Premium compare to Teams?

Purchasing the Teams Premium add-on license provides admins and end users with extra features on top Teams along with their Microsoft 365 subscription.

The following tables compare key features between Teams and Teams Premium. Because Teams Premium is an add-on license to Teams, users need Teams and Teams Premium licenses to access all features listed below. Teams Premium licenses don't replace users' standard Teams licenses.


Feature Teams Teams Premium
Host and attend Teams Meetings ✔️
Experience Teams' standard look and feel ✔️
Use standard and custom meeting backgrounds at the user level ✔️
Read live captions during meetings and live events ✔️
Set up a green room for meeting presenters and organizers ✔️
View attendance reports ✔️
Customize meeting templates for your organization ✔️
Add organization branding to meeting lobbies ✔️
Customize meeting backgrounds for your organization ✔️
Customize Together mode scenes for your organization ✔️
Read live translated captions during meetings ✔️
Manage what attendees see ✔️
Use RTMP-In for meetings ✔️
Hide attendee names ✔️
View engagement reports ✔️
Translate post-meeting transcriptions (coming soon) ✔️
Turn on eCDN Meetings* ✔️

* eCDN can be acquired as a standalone license, and more licenses can be purchased outside of Teams Premium, if needed. To learn about eCDN standalone licensing, see Microsoft eCDN.


Feature Teams Teams Premium
Require attendees to register ✔️
Assign a co-organizer ✔️
Limit the number of people who can register ✔️
Allow registered users to bypass the lobby ✔️
Turn on Q&A for webinars with up to 1000 attendees ✔️
View attendance reports ✔️
Set up a green room for webinar presenters and organizers ✔️
Manage what attendees see ✔️
Send custom and reminder emails to registrants ✔️
Create a webinar wait list ✔️
Webinar organizers can view engagement reports ✔️
Manually approve registrants ✔️
View engagement reports ✔️
Limit the day and time when people can register ✔️
Use RTMP-In for webinars ✔️

Town halls

Feature Teams Teams Premium
Broadcast town halls to 10k attendees ✔️
Host up to 15 town halls simultaneously ✔️
View attendance reports ✔️
Manage what attendees see ✔️
Provide town hall video on demand ✔️
Provide a unique join link for presenters ✔️
Set up a green room for presenters and organizers ✔️
Turn on third party or Microsoft eCDN for town halls ✔️
Use RTMP-In for town halls ✔️
Town hall Q&A capacity of 10k attendees ✔️
View live translated captions in 6 languages ✔️
Broadcast town halls to 20k attendees ✔️
Host up to 50 town halls simultaneously ✔️
Town hall Q&A capacity of 20k attendees ✔️
Automatic Microsoft eCDN for town halls* ✔️
View Microsoft Town hall insights ✔️
Town hall organizers can view engagement reports ✔️
Edit town hall emails ✔️
View live translated captions in 10 languages ✔️

* eCDN can be acquired as a standalone license, and more licenses can be purchased outside of Teams Premium, if needed. To learn about eCDN standalone licensing, see Microsoft eCDN.


Feature Teams Teams Premium
Admin can view insights on inactive external domains ✔️
Admin can view insights on inactive teams ✔️
Admin can view insights on external collaboration by user ✔️
Admin can view insights on external collaboration by team ✔️
Admin can view insights on external collaboration by guest ✔️

Customers must acquire and assign Teams Premium licenses to each user in their tenant for its use of ACT Advanced Collaboration Analytics.

Meetings protection

Feature Teams Teams Premium
Manage meeting lobbies ✔️
End-to-end encryption for one-to-one calls ✔️
Moderate meeting chats ✔️
Control who can present ✔️
Add watermarks to meetings ✔️
End-to-end encryption for meetings with up to 50 attendees ✔️
Control who can record ✔️
Prevent copy/paste in meeting chats ✔️
Assign Microsoft Purview Information Protection sensitivity labels for meetings* ✔️
Custom user policy packages ✔️

* This feature is only available to Teams Premium users with a Microsoft 365 E5, E5 Compliance, F5 Compliance, or F5 Security + Compliance subscription. For more information on licensing requirements, see What are the requirements to purchase Teams Premium?

Meeting recap and intelligent recap

Feature Teams Teams Premium
View recordings of meetings ✔️
View meeting transcripts ✔️
View and use files added to meetings ✔️
View and use apps added to meetings ✔️
Navigate meeting recordings with autogenerated chapters (coming soon) ✔️
View when a screen was shared in the meeting transcript ✔️
View time markers in meeting recordings when you joined or left a meeting ✔️
Jump to different speakers with speaker timeline markers ✔️
View AI-generated notes and tasks from meetings ✔️
View when you were mentioned in a meeting* ✔️

* Mentions of a user's name is pulled from the meeting transcript, not from an @mention tag in the meeting chat.

Virtual Appointments

Feature Teams Teams Premium
Access Virtual Appointments with the Bookings app for scheduling, appointment management, and email notifications ✔️
Integrate Virtual Appointments using APIs ✔️
Join appointments from a browser ✔️
Join appointments in Teams ✔️
Allow users to join a virtual lobby waiting room ✔️
Integrate with Microsoft Forms ✔️
Customize the lobby waiting room with themes and logos ✔️
Send SMS notifications* ✔️
Organizational and departmental analytics ✔️
View and manage scheduled appointments in the queue ✔️
View and manage on-demand appointments in the queue ✔️
Send post-appointment follow-ups (coming soon) ✔️

* SMS notifications for Virtual Appointments are currently available in the US, Canada, and UK.

Meet app

The Meet app in Teams allows users to view important details of their meetings including upcoming meetings, meeting recaps, meeting recordings, and meeting @mentions. To learn how to use the Meet app, see Stay on top of meetings with Meet in Microsoft Teams.

Feature Teams Teams Premium
View and prepare upcoming meetings ✔️
Join ongoing meetings ✔️
View and recap meetings you attended ✔️
Filter meetings by All, with Content, and Recorded ✔️
View and recap meetings that you missed ✔️
View and recap meetings that mention you* ✔️
View when you were mentioned in a meeting* ✔️
View AI-generated tasks from meetings ✔️

* Mentions of a user's name is pulled from the meeting transcript, not from an @mention tag in the meeting chat.

Are there previous Teams features that moved to Teams Premium?

With the general release of Teams Premium on February 1, 2023, the following Teams features moved from Teams to Teams Premium.

  • Live translation of meeting captions.
  • PPT live chapters.
  • Timeline markers in Teams meeting recordings for when a user left or joined meetings.
  • Custom organization Together mode scenes.
  • Virtual Appointments: SMS notifications.
  • Virtual Appointments: Organizational analytics in the Teams admin center.
  • Virtual Appointments: Scheduled queue view.

What are the requirements to purchase Teams Premium?

Teams Premium is available to purchase worldwide through all Microsoft purchasing channels, including EA, EAS, CSP, Web Direct, NCE - Customer led, and NCE - Partner led.

Before you can purchase Teams Premium licenses for your users, ensure your tenant and users meet the requirements.

The tenant requirement is:

  • Must be a commercial, worldwide public sector, EDU, GCC, or non-profit tenant at general release.
    • Currently, Microsoft doesn't offer an EDU-specific license or EDU discounts for Teams Premium.
    • GCC High and DoD licenses will become available sometime after the general release.

The user requirement is:

  • An Office 365 or Microsoft 365 subscription with a Teams license.
    • For new customers in the European Economic Area (EEA), Teams licenses must be purchased separately from Office 365/Microsoft 365 licenses, but both licenses are still required for Teams Premium. For more information on this licensing change in the EEA, see New subscription structure for Microsoft 365 in Europe.

Can I acquire Teams Premium features without the Teams Premium license?

Teams Premium bundles a large set of advanced Teams features under a single license. There are instances where a single Teams Premium feature could be acquired through other licensing scenarios. However, the Teams Premium license is designed to be the most holistic and simplest avenue to enhance your organization's and users' Teams experience.

Which users should be assigned Teams Premium licenses?

Teams Premium is licensed on a per-user subscription basis and is subject to the Universal Terms for Online Services. You should plan to assign a Teams Premium user subscription license to every user you want to provide Teams Premium features for.


When the organizer of a Teams meeting, webinar, or town hall is licensed for Teams Premium, the Live translation (for captions), advanced Meetings protection, and advanced Webinars features are extended to all meeting participants, including external and guest users.

External participants in Virtual Appointments don't require a Teams Premium license to benefit from Teams Premium advanced Virtual Appointments.

All meeting participants must be licensed for Teams Premium to benefit from the Intelligent recap feature.

How does Teams Premium differ from Teams Rooms Pro?

Teams Premium licenses are assigned to your organization's users, and Teams Rooms Pro licenses should only be assigned to Microsoft Teams Rooms devices. These two licenses aren't dependent on one another, don't overlap features, and don't cause license enforcement conflicts.

Before the release of Teams Rooms Pro, Microsoft offered a Teams Rooms license called Teams Rooms Premium. Teams Rooms Premium has been retired and isn't related to Teams Premium.

Can I experience Teams Premium before buying licenses?

Organizations can try Teams Premium by admins purchasing the zero-cost Teams Premium 30-day trial license available in the Microsoft 365 admin center. Users can also acquire a Teams Premium self-service trial license that lasts for 60 days.

When admins purchase a Teams Premium trial license, they have 25 licenses to assign to users. Those 25 users can experience and test Teams Premium features as they become available.

Admins can manage Teams Premium features for their licensed users, whether they were acquired by the admin or users.

Most admins for organization segments can purchase and use the Teams Premium trial license, excluding GCC High and DoD tenants.

How does the Teams Premium self-service trial license work?

Microsoft offers users the ability to acquire their own Teams Premium trial licenses, also referred to as self-service trial licenses.

Individuals can sign up for Teams Premium self-service trials on their organization’s existing Microsoft 365 tenants with their business sign-ins. They can try out the full functionality of the product for 60 days before requesting their admins purchase paid licenses. Individuals can start the trial directly from Microsoft Teams (Desktop and Web).

There's no requirement to input payment information when signing up for a trial. Admins maintain full control of paying for subscriptions. Admins can't sign up for self-service trials and should refer to the guidance for admins trials discussed in the following section.

These self-service trials are available worldwide. They aren't available for Government or EDU customers.

Can I manage my users' self-service trial licenses?

The self-service trials for Teams Premium don't compromise IT oversight or control. If you're an admin, you can use subscription management capabilities to oversee and manage trial licenses on the Licenses page in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

For more information on enabling or disabling self-service trials for your users, see Manage self-service purchases and trials.

What are the terms and conditions of the Teams Premium self-service trial?

By participating in this free trial (“Trial”) of the Microsoft 365 services, you agree to be bound by our Product Terms and the following terms (“Trial Terms”), provided that in the event of a conflict the Trial Terms shall govern. The Trial period will be for thirty (30) or sixty (60) days from the date you activate the Trial depending on the trial you start. Unless you purchase a subscription to the Microsoft 365 services prior to the expiration or termination of your Trial period, you will no longer have access to (i) any data related to the features of the Trial that you entered into your account, and (ii) configurations or customizations made by you or for you using the features of the Trial. Microsoft reserves the right to terminate or modify the Trial and/or these Trial Terms at any time without prior notice and without liability. Trial offer is not available for customers in all regions and countries.

What happens if my users' trial licenses expire?

After the trial licenses expire, the licensed users lose all Teams Premium functionality. There's no grace period between the expiration of the trial license and the loss of functionality.

For this reason, we recommend organizations plan their Teams Premium trial period, ensuring all necessary test scenarios are thoroughly vetted before the trial period expires.

When the trial licenses expire, the tenant's uploaded Teams Premium assets like custom templates and meeting backgrounds remain in the tenant but are grayed out and unusable.

If your organization wishes to keep Teams Premium features after the trial period, you need to purchase Teams Premium licenses and reassign the licenses to your users.

How do I purchase Teams Premium licenses?

If your tenant and users meet the requirements for Teams Premium, you can purchase Teams Premium add-on licenses through your preferred purchasing channel.

After you purchase your Teams Premium licenses, assign the licenses to your users in the Microsoft 365 admin center. It can take up to 24 hours before the assignment takes effect.

For instructions on assigning licenses in the Microsoft 365 admin center, see Assign Microsoft 365 licenses to users.

Is admin configuration required after assigning users licenses?

Many Teams Premium features require an IT admin to configure the feature before users can access the feature.

The following list indicates Teams Premium features that require admin configuration in the Teams admin center before users can access the feature:

  • Using end-to-end encryption on meetings up to 50 participants.
  • Adding watermarks to meetings.
  • Adding sensitivity labels.
  • Preventing copy and paste in meeting chats.
  • Using organization customized backgrounds.
  • Using organization customized Together mode scenes.
    • Admin must create the custom Together mode scene.
  • Being assigned a custom policy package.
  • Using organization customized meeting templates.
  • Seeing organization customized branding.
  • Using eCDN for webinars and town halls.
  • Using RTMP-In.
  • Customizing Virtual Appointment lobby rooms with branding.

For links to instructions, see Microsoft Teams Premium - Overview for administrators.