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MS Teams General Admin - Meeting Room License vs. Common Area Phone License


This article will give you a Meeting Room License vs Microsoft Teams Shared Devices License (formerly Common Area Phone License) (for costs of licenses, contact support).

Teams Room Basic License:

What is a "Teams Room" Device

Microsoft Teams Room Basic license should only be used for "Teams Room" devices. A list of Microsoft Teams Rooms phones can be found here Microsoft Teams Rooms Packages and Systems | Teams devices.

Microsoft outlines this in their article here Microsoft Teams Rooms licenses - Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Learn

The Teams Room Basic license will provide you with the following: 

Please Note: If you need to place outbound calls you will need to add a Microsoft Teams Phone Standard License to the user account as well.

  • Collaborate with your team wherever they are with hybrid meeting experiences
  • Instantly join meetings with one-touch join
  • Easily share content with wireless sharing
  • Enable real-time collaboration for every attendee, with a shared digital canvas 
  • Available on Windows, Android, and Surface Hub devices
  • Supported with Teams rooms on the following: 
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Surface Hub
  • Can join a meeting in the following ways:n 
    • One-touch join
    • Proximity join
    • Meeting ID
    • Meet now (start ad-hoc meetings)
    • Direct guest join for Zoom and Webex meetings
  • Can share and collaborate all Teams content
  • For meeting engagement, Teams video gallery with multiple layout options is provided
  • Peer-to-peer and group calling and receiving 
  • Secure operating system and system-level security  (such as secure boot and assigned access)
  • Access to Teams Admin Center enrollment and inventory
  • Automatic updates

Microsoft Teams Shared Devices: 

What is a "Shared Device"?

Phones intended to be "common area phones" or "shared spaces" devices. Further information is provded in Microsofts documentation here Microsoft Teams Shared Devices licensing - Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Learn

Teams Shared Devices license will provide you with the following:
  • Join meetings by dialing in 
  • No Voicemail
  • Peer-to-peer answering and initiating call 
  • Place outbound calls

If you need more information, check out this article with Microsoft:

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