Manage the Office 365 E1 Trial

New in March 2020, a free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special E1 Trial license available in response to the increased need for employees to work from home (WFH) in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

To learn what's available with an E1 license, read Office 365 E1.

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How to get an E1 Trial license

Contact your Microsoft account representative. They'll get you a promo code that you can use to sign up for the E1 Trial.

For organizations served by a Microsoft partner, work with your partner to get a free 6-month Teams trial. If you don't have a Microsoft partner yet and would like to work with one, go to Microsoft Solution Providers and search for partners with expertise in Teams.

How to sign up for E1

Click the promo code in the email your account rep will send you.

Who's eligible?

This offer is intended for any customer that's managed by a Microsoft account rep. It's for organizations - including nonprofits - who haven't activated any other Office 365 E1 trials in the past.

After you've used your E1 Trial promo code, you can't use it again, nor can you activate another E1 Trial code. In these cases, you can have your employees activate a Teams Exploratory license.

Who isn't eligible

  • This offer isn't available for GCC, GCC High, DoD, or EDU customers.

  • For GCC, check out the Office 365 G1 Trial.

  • EDU customers should use the free Office 365 A1 license.

Manage the E1 Trial

Once you've activated the Office 365 E1 Trial, turn on the license for any uses who need it. To learn how, read Manage user access to Teams.

Once you've turned on the E1 Trial for the users who need it, you'll manage these users just like you manage users who have a paid license. For more information, see Manage Teams settings for your organization.

Upgrade users from the Office 365 E1 Trial license

To upgrade E1 Trial users to a paid subscription:

  1. Purchase a subscription that includes Teams.

  2. Remove the Office 365 E1 Trial subscription from the user.

  3. Assign the newly purchased license.

For more information, see Microsoft Teams service description.


If the E1 Trial license ends and a user is not immediately upgraded to a subscription that includes Teams, the user data is not removed. The user still exists in Azure Active Directory and all data within Teams still remains. Once a new license is assigned to the user to enable Teams functionality again, all content will still exist.

Remove an Office 365 E1 Trial license

Manage user access to Teams

Manage Teams settings for your organization

Manage the Teams Exploratory experience

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