Teams Exploratory trial expired, what to do now?

Author: Helen Neudorf Time: 03.10.2022

Between Feb 2020 and Feb 2021, Microsoft provided users of paid commercial customers with the ability to initiate 12-month Teams trials. In June 2022 Microsoft expired these trials.

What now?

In order to keep using Teams with same capabilities an upgrade to Microsoft Teams license is needed. There are few ways to upgrade from a Microsoft Teams Exploratory trial to a paid Microsoft Teams license:

Buy Microsoft Teams Essentials

Use this option if your organization has no subscriptions to other Office products that include Teams, and do not plan to use other Microsoft online offers. For more information, see Upgrade to a different business plan.

Teams Essentials is an affordable, professional meeting solution designed to help small businesses communicate and collaborate in an easy, secure, and reliable way.

  • Unlimited group meetings for up to 30 hours
  • Up to 300 participants per meeting
  • 10 GB of cloud storage per user
  • Unlimited chat with coworkers and customers
  • Calendar works with Outlook and Google
  • File sharing, tasks, and polling
  • Data encryption for meetings, chats, calls, and files

Upgrade to a Microsoft 365 offer that has Teams. You will find the packages here.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Best for businesses that need easy remote solutions, with Microsoft Teams, mailbox, calendar, secure cloud storage, and Office Online (desktop versions not included).

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Best for businesses that need full remote work and collaboration tools including Microsoft Teams, secure cloud storage, business email, and premium Office applications across devices

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Best for businesses that require secure, remote work solutions with everything included in Business Standard, plus advanced cyberthreat protection and device management.

Add users to an existing Microsoft 365 offer subscription that has Teams

Use this option if your organization doesn’t have enough paid Teams licenses to cover the Teams Exploratory users. For more information, see Buy or remove licenses. To add users to an existing subscription that already has enough available licenses, see Move users to a different subscription. To see active users for an existing subscription, go to Users > Active users in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

Buy a new Microsoft 365 subscription. 

Use this option if your organization doesn’t have any existing subscriptions to Office products, or if your organization wants to buy a subscription that’s different from their existing subscription to cover Teams Exploratory users.

If you’re not sure which Microsoft 365 subscription to upgrade to, see Microsoft 365 Business packages. If you need additional help choosing a subscription, or if your organization needs more than 300 licenses, contact us