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Teams Meeting Room Licenses Now Available for Purchase

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Tony Redmond
MVP

 

You can now buy a Meeting Room license to connect Teams to a device in the room. The license allows the device to participate in Teams meetings.

https://office365itpros.com/2018/12/17/teams-device-meeting-license/

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Thank you for the link. If I assign the meeting room license to the device, will it automatically configure the device for a shared number for audio conferencing? Or does it give you the option to port an existing DID to Microsoft to be a "dedicated" number?

This is just a license so it will not automatically configure anything on the associated account itself.  You'll still need to manually configure the account, just like any other user, to utilize either a Calling Plan or Direct Routing as well as retrieve/port a DID and then assign it to the account.

Do you have a link to the Microsoft commercial site with the details? I tried finding the option on MS Retail site as an available option under Teams or S4B and even the M365 E3 and E5 options available.

 

I know it is a feature that can now be purchased since it has been published in my online purchasing portal. I simply would like the direct link with the complete details.

@Jeff Schertz 

 

Hi, do we have any Partner program from Microsoft for providing Teams Rooms trial

@Tony RedmondI'm still trying to wrap my head around the benefits of the $15 / month meeting room license.  You get a phone number assigned to the device in the room which has the account.  But scheduling a Teams meeting still does not surface the number for dial-in.  Apparently, the number is only surfaced in a "meet now" situation which, frankly, will be rare in meeting rooms.  Meeting rooms, and their resource accounts, are made to be scheduled. 

 

Thus, as I understand it, and maybe I'm wrong, one still needs to purchase audio conference plans for the individuals scheduling the meetings and not necessarily the room itself.  Compare this to a Zoom room - admittedly more money - where the room also comes with phone numbers regardless  of licensing of the individuals. 

 

What I was hoping for - was that anyone scheduling the room for a teams meeting gets a dial in number for people who don't have the teams client handy, but want an audio only experience. 

 

Without that phone number, what is the benefit of the $15 / month license?

@AdamK_DC  I'm not sure I am the best person to comment on why you have to pay $15/month for a meeting room license. After all, Microsoft makes the rules and I don't work for Microsoft. But you do need to pay for phone numbers assigned and managed by Microsoft in the Phone System, so I assume that's where this comes from. And yes, you do need to buy and assign conferencing plans to people who have telephone numbers managed by the Phone System. Generally, once a phone number is involved, you need to pay. If you just use IP communications, you don't.

I get all of that. No problem with it at all. however, I'm just not sure what that particular license really does for an organization. If the phone number can't be used with scheduled meetings because the scheduler doesn't have his or her own audio plan license then there doesn't seem to be any point to having a phone number assigned to that room and device.

Might as well just leave the room unlicensed with a free resource id.

@AdamK_DC - Couple things. 1. You are 100% correct if I cannot select the resource and get the number there is no point. 2. I have spoken to Teams hardware vendors and their MS Specialist and they have told me that I need an E5> E3> now yesterday a Teams licensing (was told it was 20 + 4 for enterprise dial-in) and now today I see this information. 3. I was also told, when told about the Teams licensing from Vendor that I would not have to configure the account with the new licensing, according to the MS documentation for Enable Accounts for Teams Room .. or is it, since the vendor(s) have said multiple things now.

I have a ticket in with MS and it has been a couple days now. Seems that no one knows how any of this is supposed to work. I can make it work regardless sure, by throwing everything from every article posted thus far till I have the right combo, typical MS documentation. Once again, great idea with poor execution and follow through for the administrators trying to support the product. 

@Tony Redmond Just wanted to say I am a fan and have seen many of your technical talks etc.. Always great. 

@CowgirlupI tried the $15 meeting room license for a month - and it didn't really add value.  We are E3 on Office 365.  So I started adding audio conferencing plans at $4 per month per user - and that's having the desired effect - offering an audio-only dial in option.  I don't plan on buying one for every person in the company - hopefully just those that need it. 

 

Caveat:  I believe it's recommended that you add "Communications Credits" for those odd situations like dial-back.  Note that my MSP had to upgrade one license (mine) to E5 and then I had to purchase the communication credits.  I bought $20 worth and they're good for a year.  Then I was knocked back down the E3. 

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