Microsoft Teams Premium Preview shows off some interesting new features

Patrick Devaney
Dec 20, 2022
Updated • Dec 20, 2022
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Interestingly, in the wake of recent EU scrutiny about anti-trust and anti-competitive practices, Microsoft has recently announced a new Teams Premium model, that is predicted to cost $10 every month per profile. Having a price point for Teams Premium will go some way toward addressing the issues raised by Slack, which the EU was beginning to investigate. The feature isn’t due to launch until February, but Microsoft has released a preview of the new Premium offering, which is available now.

 

It looks like Microsoft’s plan is to offer a boosted version of Teams in exchange for the monthly fee rather than simply charging users to access Teams. There are some very interesting features included in the preview, such as live translated transcriptions, which is similar to a new premium feature, which Zoom announced back in August. Accessing the live translation Zoom feature requires a premium subscription and then a $ 5-a-month subscription on top to specifically access the feature.

Other new features that will come packed in the Premium version of Teams will include extended branding features, which could mean the app is looking to be more useful for virtual presentations and maybe even conferences as well as simply being able to facilitate meetings and chat. This is borne out by the inclusion of the ability to:

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“Deliver a high-quality webinar experience through advanced capabilities to streamline event workflows with registration waitlist and manual approval, facilitate behind-the-scene actions through virtual green room for presenters (separate from attendees) before the event begins, and manage the attendee experience so they only see shared content and participants brought on-screen.”

Microsoft is also saying that there will be improved end-to-end encryption for Teams Premium, which clearly demonstrates one of those examples of things you didn’t know you needed until you realized you didn’t have it.

Another potentially useful feature that Microsoft plans to hide behind a $ 10-a-month subscription is the intelligent meeting recap feature, which will use AI to automatically write a summary of the meeting based on the live transcription it was able to capture during the meeting. There is no doubt just how useful this feature is, as it will likely take work away from those who are attending meetings specifically to carry out this task.

According to the blog post announcing the Teams Premium Preview, signing up to access the preview can only be done Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

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Microsoft Teams Premium Preview shows off some interesting new features
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Microsoft Teams Premium Preview shows off some interesting new features
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Microsoft is pushing a new preview of the soon to be released Microsoft Teams Premium so users can get a taste of what the new subscription-based service will offer.
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  1. Paul(us) said on December 20, 2022 at 5:48 pm
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    Patrick, your writing ” recent EU scrutiny” “But don’t you think is much more an attempt to instill reason in the all-flattening elephant in a small porcelain closet?

  2. Herman Cost said on December 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm
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    “There is no doubt just how useful this feature is.”

    Are you sure your name isn’t really Shaun?

  3. Milan said on December 20, 2022 at 6:37 pm
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    Shaun, is that you?

    1. Anonymous said on December 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm
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      Patrick Devaney, is a news reporter for Softonic: https://en.softonic.com/editor/Patrick Devaney

  4. Oxa said on December 20, 2022 at 8:58 pm
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    “Having a price point” – Did you mean “charging for”?

    “Premium will go some way toward addressing the issues raised by Slack, which the EU was beginning to investigate.” – And which issues might those be? Or are you just going to leave us hanging?

    How about some writing that isn’t so obtuse? Jargon is never appreciated, nor are insider allusions.

    1. Ethan Mars said on December 21, 2022 at 2:04 am
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      This is related to the Slack complain with the EU, that because Teams does not have an explicit cost, users consider it free with their Office 365 subscription.

      Microsoft wants to avoid the EU and that’s why they launched the premium version.

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