The Microsoft Groups Premium beta is accessible as a free 30-day trial

Microsoft Groups Premium is now obtainable for public preview, enabling customers to check AI-powered sensible options reminiscent of stay translations, customized assembly branding, and superior assembly protections.

Microsoft Groups Premium is an add-on for the Microsoft Groups conferencing service that introduces a number of recent options that make conferences on the platform “extra personalised, clever, and safe,” in response to a new Microsoft weblog put up. The preview is accessible as a 30-day free trial through the Microsoft 365 Admin Heart.

Options obtainable to check out embody stay translation of 40 languages into captions, customized assembly templates, and superior webinar experiences (which incorporates registration of as much as one thousand attendees, interactivity with Q&A, and attendee reporting). The preview additionally consists of options to guard delicate content material reminiscent of watermarking and labels, and end-to-end encryption for conferences. These assembly protections will also be used to limit customers from recording conferences and replica/pasting the assembly chat.

A Microsoft Teams meeting displaying a captions box that lists languages availabe for transcription and translation.

Stay-translations enable customers to see captions translated into the language they’re most snug with, with 40 languages supported by the characteristic to date.
Picture: Microsoft

Not each Groups Premium characteristic teased again in October might be instantly obtainable to check out through the free 30-day trial. Customized branding for conferences (permitting organizations to set branded backgrounds and place company logos inside the assembly foyer) is coming to the preview trial in January, whereas different options reminiscent of clever recap — an AI digital assistant of types that shares assembly highlights and mechanically generates chapters and insights — are merely listed on the weblog announcement as unavailable for the December preview of Microsoft Groups Premium. When you’re inquisitive about making an attempt out a selected characteristic, you’ll be able to test availability over on the Microsoft Tech Group weblog.

Microsoft will in any other case be rolling out options for Groups Premium all through December and January, and customers can join a mailing record for extra updates. As soon as the 30-day free trial ends, customers will lose entry to Groups Premium options. Basic availability of Groups Premium is scheduled for early February 2023, and is at the moment anticipated to price $10 a month.

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