Microsoft Teams Public Preview


Features included in preview might not be complete and could undergo changes before becoming available in the public release. They're provided for evaluation and exploration purposes only. The preview features aren't supported in Office 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC).

Public Preview for Microsoft Teams provides early access to unreleased features in Teams. Previews allow you to explore and test upcoming features. We also welcome feedback on any feature in public previews. Public preview is enabled per Team user, so you don't need to worry about affecting your entire organization.

For a list of what's available in the Teams public preview, visit Microsoft Teams Public Preview tech notes.


This policy has no effect on users who are part of Microsoft 365 targeted release. Learn more about Teams support for Targeted Release.

Set the Update policy

Public preview is enabled on a per-user basis, and the option to turn on public preview is controlled in an admin policy. Update policies are used to manage Teams and Office preview users who will see pre-release or preview features in the Teams app. You can use the Global (Org-wide default) policy and customize it, or create one or more custom policies for your users. The policy needs to be assigned to specific users because it doesn't over-write the global policy.

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Teams admin center.

  2. Select Teams > Teams Update policies.

  3. Select Add to create a new policy or select an existing policy to open Update policy.

  4. Name the update policy, add a description, and select the setting for Allow public preview.

    • Follow Office Preview (default)

      • This default option enables Teams Public Preview features for any user enrolled in Office Current Channel (Preview).
      • There are no more actions required by the end user.
    • Enabled

      • This option enables Teams Public Preview regardless of whether a user is enrolled in Office Current Channel (Preview).
      • The end user must also opt in to Teams public preview in their Teams app.


    For existing users in Teams Public Preview who are not in the Current Channel (Preview), IT admins need to switch from default, Follow Office Preview to Enabled.

    • Not enabled

      • Teams Public Preview features will not be available to end users.
    • Forced

      • This option enables Teams Public Preview for the end user.
      • There is no action required by the end user.

    Screenshot that shows the forced preview pane in Teams.

You can also set the policy using the PowerShell Set-CsTeamsUpdateManagementPolicy cmdlet with the -AllowPublicPreview parameter.

Enable public preview

To enable public preview on a desktop or web client, you need to complete the following tasks:

  1. Select the three dots to the left of your profile to display the Teams menu.
  2. Select About > Public preview.
  3. Select Switch to Public preview.


This option is only available when Allow public preview is set to Enabled.

Public preview for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows

Public preview is off by default. When public preview is on, end-users have access to features that are in public preview on enabled Teams Rooms. To turn on public preview, add <EnablePublicPreview>True</EnablePublicPreview> to your XML configuration file. For more information about the XML file, see Manage a Microsoft Teams Rooms console settings remotely with an XML configuration file.

We recommend enrolling 5-10 devices to public preview.

All public preview features are announced at Microsoft Teams Public Preview - Microsoft Tech Community.

Public Preview Indicator

Users who are in the Public Preview will see EA next to their profile picture indicating that they have Early Access to Teams features (as shown in the below image).

Screenshot of the early-access icon.

Public developer preview