Microsoft Teams Exploratory [Explore Paid Service As Free]

Written By Steven Arends

Azure Active Directory is a container full of gems. And if you are still using it, you are a fortunate person.

Microsoft provides the valuable Exploratory license for exploring paid services free of cost for 12 months. It’s an amazing opportunity to try useful services, and you wouldn’t want to miss

This article will provide information about Exploratory and how you can get it free. So, let’s start.

What is the Microsoft Teams Exploratory License?

The Exploratory license is a free version of Microsoft Teams. But, it allows a user to experience the function and features to test various apps and services of Microsoft Teams—like the fully paid versions—without paying the subscription fee.

It’s a 12-month trial period, and users can experiment with how well it will work for their organization. Microsoft has included different services to the Exploratory license to give a proper taste of their features.

Users can experience enterprise-grade services with the Microsoft Teams Exploratory license.

Here are the service included in the Microsoft Teams Exploratory license:

  • Exchange Online (Plan 1)
  • Flow for Microsoft 365 or Office 365
  • Insights by MyAnalytics
  • Microsoft Forms (Plan E1)
  • Microsoft Planner
  • Microsoft Search
  • Microsoft StaffHub
  • Microsoft Stream for Microsoft 365 and Office 365 E1 SKUs 1</1>
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Mobile Device Management for Microsoft 365 or Office 365
  • Office Mobile Apps for Office 365
  • Office Online
  • Power Apps for Microsoft 365 or Office 365
  • SharePoint Online (Plan 1)
  • Sway
  • To-Do (Plan 1)
  • Whiteboard (Plan 1)
  • Yammer Enterprise

With these services, you will also get usual features like the out of office options, recording Microsoft Teams meetings, adjusting camera brightness and many more.

However, to get the services, you must be eligible for the services and meet some criteria.

Is Microsoft Teams Exploratory License Free?

Yes, the Microsoft Teams Exploratory license is free. Users don’t need to pay to experience the service, features, and applications included in the license. But, you will only get a 12-month trial period after signing up and receiving the Exploratory license.

Microsoft has set some requirements, and one must fulfill the criteria to get the license.

Here are the criteria to be eligible for the Microsoft Teams Exploratory License:

  • Managed an Azure AD domain email address.
  • Part of a tenant with a subscribed license.
  • Doesn’t belong to a tenant where a license assignment policy was made.
  • Doesn’t own an active Microsoft Teams license.

If users meet the above criteria, they are eligible to receive the Exploratory license.

However, they will be counted as ineligible if they have received certain offers and features. Read the criteria below to understand who isn’t eligible for the Exploratory license.

Here are the criteria to be ineligible for the Microsoft Teams Exploratory License:

  • Own the Teams paid license.
  • Have the trial license or previously experienced the trial license.
  • Belong to a tenant who used/received a special COVID offer.

After satisfying all the criteria, the user can get the Exploratory license and use the services.

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How to Get Microsoft Teams Exploratory License

The eligible users can sign in with the Microsoft Teams web or desktop client to self-assign the Exploratory license to their account. The tenant admin will receive an email notification when a user of the same organization starts the Exploratory license.

Consider reading the following procedure carefully to get the Microsoft Teams Exploratory license to their Teams account.

Here are the steps to get Microsoft Teams Exploratory License:

  • Go to Microsoft Admin center.
  • Navigate to Settings from the left pane.
  • Click on User owned apps and
  • Enable the Let users install trial apps and services option.
  • Press on Save
  • Navigate to Active Users.
  • Click on Add a
  • Complete the account creation.
  • Visit the Microsoft Teams website.
  • Log in with the new account.
  • Go to the Admin Center again after the successful sign-in.
  • Navigate to Billing and press on Products and Services.
  • Assign Users to the Microsoft Teams Exploratory Trial license.exploratory-license-assign-users

After appointing an Exploratory license to the user, they will be able to use the service included in the license.

You can also test the services using a temporary account and delete the Teams account later if not needed.

Note: Once the trial period is over, Microsoft will automatically delete all your messages and items used in the service.

If you need to manually delete message conversations in Microsoft Teams, consider reading the guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Microsoft Teams Exploratory license free?

Yes, Microsoft Teams Exploratory license is free for the Azure AD account user and meets the requirements.

How long does the Microsoft Teams Exploratory license last?

The trial period for Microsoft Teams Exploratory license is 12 months. It applies to all users under the same tenant.

Which service can I get with Microsoft Teams Exploratory?

You can get enterprise-grade service with the Microsoft Teams Exploratory.  It has 1 year of trial period and it’s completely free.


Before purchasing an app or service for your organization, it’s important to run a test. And if you get a free trial, that would be great.

After reading the above article, you’ll be able to try paid services without any cost and increase the efficiency of your organization.

If you’ve any queries, don’t forget to share them in the comment box below. Cheers!

About The Author
Steven Arends is a computer science graduate and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a vast collection of computer hardware and loves exploring the latest advancements. As a contributing author to 10Scopes, Steven shares his expertise to make the world of technology more accessible and easier to understand for all readers.

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