Microsoft launches Teams Shared Device License for enterprise users

Kevin Okemwa

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At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations started taking up the work-from-home approach. The transition has been considerably smooth with the help of a number of tools. It is apparent that communication is key and determines the direction a business will take, which is why organizations incorporated communication tools like Microsoft Teams that would help them exchange information and ideas effectively and efficiently.

Microsoft Teams has evolved significantly over the past few years with the aim of achieving this goal and meeting all the end user’s needs. As such, building further upon this premise, Microsoft Introduced the Microsoft Teams Shared Device License, which according to the company is in place “to enable broader functionalities involving shared devices”.

The Teams Shared Device license will be in place of the existing Common Area Phone (CAP) license in a bid to take on functions and cater to all the needs of the user. It is worth noting that the Teams Shared Device license features all the functionalities available in the Common Area Phone license, the only difference is that it will come with new additional functionalities that are designed to cater to customers using Teams Displays and Teams Panels.

Teams Phone devices will also retain the same capabilities provided by CAP, but now under the Teams Shared Device license. That said, these users do not require to subscribe to a premium Teams Rooms license if these are the only services they’ll put to use.

With the Shared Device license, Teams Display will have access to hotdesking, which will in turn let employees find and book workplaces easily. What’s more, “users can reserve a desk and make a call on Teams display”. “In addition to this, if users want to access their meetings, chats, and files, they can sign into the hotdesking device with their personal credentials,” says Microsoft.

The Shared Device license is expected to be available towards the end of this year across all licensing channels at $8 per device/month. Share your thoughts with us regarding this rebrand below.