Starting September 1, 2022, the Teams Rooms Premium tier will be removed and in its place with be a Pro version. Microsoft says this new level will be more affordable than the current Premium subscription.
Customers need to pay to access the virtual conference rooms, with an additional charge on top of the regular Microsoft Teams subscription. The Premium version of Rooms currently costs $50 each month, while the Standard tier is $15 per month.
As Teams Rooms Premium becomes Teams Rooms Pro in September, Microsoft says it is also reducing the price to $40 each month. The Standard subscription will be removed entirely and replaced with Teams Rooms Basic, while will be bundled for free with Teams Rooms devices.
If you're unfamiliar with Microsoft Teams Rooms, it is the “as-as-service” platform that underpins communication and collaboration on special virtual conferencing devices. They are videoconferencing hardware built by Microsoft OEM partners. Rebranded from Skype Room Systems in 2019, the devices offer features like meeting integration, chat abilities, voice-over, and whiteboard tools.
Microsoft is changing the subscription package after recently making improvements to the Teams Rooms software. The company says the software-as-a-service (SaaS) can now can “deliver enhanced in-room meeting experiences, like intelligent audio or video, multi-screen support, and [Microsoft's] full-set of device management capabilities”.
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