Credit to my friend Andrew Morpeth for first highlighting this, you should check out his blog. Microsoft sent out a message this week on the Office 365 admin centre announcing a free 1-year trial of Microsoft Teams will soon be available for any user of Office 365 or Azure Active Directory (AAD), even if the user is not yet licensed for the service.
This might initially sound a little odd. Pretty much all Office 365 licence levels include Microsoft Teams, so why would you need a free 1 year trial? There are certain plans that don’t have Microsoft Teams included that are open to this offer:
The service plans included in this trial offer are:
- Exchange Foundation
- Flow for Office 365 Plan 1
- Microsoft Planner
- Microsoft Teams (Teams1, Teams IW)
- Office Online
- PowerApps for Office 365 Plan 1
- SharePoint Online Plan 1
- Yammer Enterprise
The trial is called “The IW trial offer for Microsoft Teams”. It’s not clear what IW stands for (information worker?). I’ll try to find out and update the post
An interesting gotcha: All trials within your organization share the same start and end dates, which is the date that first user signed for the trial. For example, if user A starts the first trial on April 25, 2018 and user B starts a trial on June 3, 2018, both users’ trial will expire on April 25, 2019. I much prefer the way PowerBI handles trials, which is timed on a per account basis.
Admins have the ability to switch on or off this feature for users within their tenant.
More details and how to enable/disable the trial here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/iw-trial-teams