Microsoft Delays Teams Rooms License Deadline
Wade Tyler Millward
“Thank you for your unwavering commitment and support,” Microsoft said
Microsoft has extended the enforcement date for Teams Rooms licenses to Sept. 30, citing “the need for adequate time to address migration issues.”
The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant said in an online post that a 90-day “grace period” will start July 1, the original date Microsoft planned to block Teams Rooms devices from signing in without a valid license, meaning customers can’t leverage Microsoft 365 and Office 365 user subscription licenses.
“If you haven’t yet, please use this 90-day grace period to engage with your customers to facilitate the license transition process and address any concerns,” Microsoft said earlier this week. “Thank you for your unwavering commitment and support.”
Microsoft Teams Rooms Devices Licenses Update
Kelly Yeh, president of Chantilly, Va.-based Microsoft partner Phalanx Technology Group, previously told CRN in an interview that Teams Rooms have been an opportunity for his customers exploring permanent hybrid work or a relaxed teleworking model.
“Let’s repurpose some of these offices into larger meeting spaces and then add a Teams Room to that,” Yeh said. “Then that way it becomes – these are breakout rooms. This is when you have to have your people together to have meetings. But they can also then invite external people into those meetings. Client-facing things. That’s how we also cost-justify certain operational efficiencies.”
The policy goes for devices using “personal mode” as an individual user, Surface Hub devices, Pro management portal devices and Teams panels compact touchscreen devices, according to Microsoft.