Manage the Office 365 E1 trial

As of July 1, 2020, the Office 365 E1 Trial license is no longer available. If you need to license users for Microsoft Teams, read the Microsoft Teams service description for a list of paid subscriptions that include Teams. Alternatively, eligible organizations can use the Free version of Teams, or employees can activate the Teams Exploratory experience.

If you're a Teams for Education customer, check out the free Office 365 A1 license.

Use the guidance in this article to manage your existing Office 365 E1 Trial licenses, including upgrading to a paid subscription.

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Manage the E1 Trial

Once you've activated the Office 365 E1 Trial, turn on the license for any uses who need it. To learn how, read Manage user access to Teams.

Once you've turned on the E1 Trial for the users who need it, you'll manage these users just like you manage users who have a paid license. For more information, see Manage Teams settings for your organization.

Upgrade users from the Office 365 E1 Trial license

To upgrade E1 Trial users to a paid subscription:

  1. Purchase a subscription that includes Teams.

  2. Remove the Office 365 E1 Trial subscription from the user.

  3. Assign the newly purchased license.

For more information, see Microsoft Teams service description.


If the E1 Trial license ends and a user is not immediately upgraded to a subscription that includes Teams, the user data is not removed. The user still exists in Azure Active Directory and all data within Teams still remains. Once a new license is assigned to the user to enable Teams functionality again, all content will still exist.

Remove an Office 365 E1 Trial license

Manage user access to Teams

Manage Teams settings for your organization

Manage the Teams Exploratory experience

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