This article covers New Teams & Teams Premium.

As we all remember, early 2020 brought us Covid-19 and the world shut down. Faced with unprecedented scenarios and needing the ability to communicate and work remotely, many organisations simply switched on Microsoft Teams and hoped for the best.

Some of us already had Microsoft Teams in place and strong plans to govern it. Others, who switched on Teams at the start of Covid-19, have since implemented controls. And for some remaining individuals it is still an ungoverned wild west.

With the introduction of big changes in Microsoft Teams and the wider computing world, it is becoming more important than ever for organisations to manage their data stored in digital systems. The introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into business IT tools will make it even easier for users to find, share and work with data. The need for strong governance including user education is even more important in this world of easy access, remote & hybrid working and AI driven productivity features.

Whilst information governance, risk management and compliance are always important, the time to review and update or implement governance features for Microsoft Teams is now! With the introduction of additional features in Teams Premium and the opportunities presented by the introduction of New Teams, this is a golden opportunity.

In this article we’ll look at New Teams and Teams Premium and what they offer in terms of functionality and governance opportunities.

What’s new in New Teams?

The new Microsoft Teams client has been rebuilt from scratch, taking into account feedback from users and organisations, including feature requests.

It uses less resources making it faster and lighter on your computer.

With an updated look and feel, New Teams also makes switching between accounts and organisations much simpler and quicker.

New Teams has also been built to support the new AI driven features such as Copilot and Business Chat, which were announced on 16 March 2023.

Currently in preview, New Teams, doesn’t have all the same features as Classic Teams and won’t be the default until it is available across all platforms and has feature parity. That means we’ll probably still be using Classic Teams until the end of 2023.

As of 29 May 2023 New Teams is only available for Windows and the following image shows the features that are currently being worked on.

To learn more about New Teams, including checking for an updated version of this table see and the eBook for Champions and Helpdesk on what’s new in New Teams.

Users can try out the New Teams using the New Teams toggle.

During the preview phase an administrator must enable New Teams using Teams Update policies and full guidance on doing this is available in the documentation on Microsoft Learn.

What is Teams Premium?

Microsoft Teams Premium is an add-on to Microsoft 365 and brings additional features.

We can roughly split these features into 5 categories:

  • Meeting Customisation
  • Meeting Protection
  • Meeting AI Features
  • Webinars
  • Virtual Appointments

Meeting Customisation

Meeting Customisation features allow organisations to add their own branding to meetings with a branded lobby, customised backgrounds, custom together mode scenes, custom meeting templates, meeting themes plus create and assign custom policy packages for easier administration.

Meeting Protection

Meeting Protection features include adding a watermark to videos and shared content to help protect sensitive shared information by adding the email of the attendee, so any screenshots taken or video captured shows who took the image/recording.

Sensitivity labels can be used to restrict features in a meeting such as apply watermarking, limiting lobby bypass, restricting recording, preventing copy & paste from chat.

Meeting AI Features

Meeting AI Features will include automatically generated chapters in meeting recordings, time markers in meeting recordings showing when you joined/left plus when you were mentioned and auto generated tasks.


Webinars are also getting some new features with a refreshed webinar creation screen rolling out to everyone which includes the ability to limit numbers who can register.

The advanced webinar features with Teams Premium are a green room for presenters only to use prior to meeting start, ability to control which presenters are visible on screen, a wait list for registrations once webinar is at capacity, manually approve registrations and reminder emails to registered attendees.

Virtual Appointments

Virtual Appointments are aimed at businesses who have customers scheduling appointment to be held over Teams.

Premium features in this space do include the SMS notifications, analytics in Teams admin centre and scheduled queue view which were previously announced and now only to be in Teams Premium.

Additional features include customised waiting room, chat with attendees in the waiting room and post appointment follow ups.

As an indication of the features in Teams Premium, the Meeting Options look like this for a private scheduled meeting (a standard Teams Meeting) created by a user with Teams Premium License.

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And for a meeting organised by a user without Teams Premium it looks like this.

The meeting created by the user with Teams Premium has additional features available in the Meeting Options screen specifically:

  • Apply Sensitivity Labels
  • Manage What Attendees Can See
  • Enable Green Room
  • Who can record
  • Apply a watermark to shared content
  • Apply a watermark to everyone’s video feed
  • Meeting Theme
  • Enabled end-to-end Encryption

At the time of writing the majority of these features are not supported in New Teams, so we can’t test both together, yet.

Microsoft Teams Premium licensing including comparison to Microsoft Teams without the Teams Premium add-on is available in the documentation on Microsoft Learn and Sara has published a series of articles on her own blog about Teams Premium.

Teams Information Protection, Governance & Compliance Improvements

In Classic Teams

Before looking at improvements don’t forget the standard Microsoft 365 protections apply in Classic Teams as well as in New Teams and with the Teams Premium features.  When taking this opportunity to revisit your Information Protection, Governance and Compliance controls for Microsoft Teams, do review the features in these Microsoft Purview family of products.  Guidance is available on how Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance features work with Microsoft Teams in the documentation on Microsoft Learn.

A good guide to get you started with governance of Teams and the decisions needed before configuring the features is available in the documentation on Microsoft Learn and covers areas such as:

  • Group and team creation, naming, classification, and guest access
  • Group and team expiration, retention, and archiving
  • Group and team membership management
  • Teams feature management

To enable those features you need to know where Teams stores it’s data.  This table is a brief summary of those locations.

Teams contentContent location
1:1 or group chatsUsers’ mailboxes
Standard channel messagesGroup mailbox representing the team
Private channel messagesPrivate channel members’ mailbox
Shared channel messagesChannel Group Mailbox
Files in standard channelsSharePoint site used by the team
Files in private channelsSharePoint site used by the channel
Files in shared channelsSharePoint site used by the channel
Ad-hoc Shared ContentUsers’ OneDrive
Meeting RecordingsOneDrive
Channel Meeting RecordingsSharePoint

In New Teams

The biggest impact with New Teams will be the opportunity to use its introduction as a catalyst to review decision points and train users on using the tool in conjunction with organisational best practice guidelines.

This is especially true with regard to cross organisation working in light of the simplified cross tenant features.

New Teams automatically joins users to meeting with their account in the tenant the meeting was organised in when they have a full or guest account in that tenant.  This helps prevent data leakage by meeting chats being stored in a different tenant and thus not being governed by the settings in the organisers tenant.

Cross tenant notifications also mean that chats will stay within your control too, as users are more likely to see chats in guest tenants and alternative accounts, rather than starting up conversations from which ever tenant they are primarily working in.  This means that these chats are stored for compliance in the appropriate tenant and subject to the governance controls of that tenant.

In Teams Premium

One of the key selling points of Teams Premium is the enhanced meeting security and governance features.

These include adding a watermark to videos and content shared during a meeting to help protect sensitive information and applying sensitivity labels to meeting to restrict or enforce features available in the meeting such as apply watermarking, limiting lobby bypass, restricting recording, preventing copy & paste from chat.  End to End encryption for meetings is also unlocked with a Teams Premium license and can be enforced with a sensitivity label.

With more and more settings becoming available via Meeting Options, it can be challenging for users to pick the best combination options for different meeting types.  This is where meeting templates help.  As an organization you can set up meeting templates for use in creating meetings by users licensed with Teams Premium to simplify the creating of different types of meetings with the appropriate meeting options pre-selected.

Licensing for the features in this category typically follow the rule that the features are applied to the meeting when it is created/organized by a user licensed for Team Premium.

The watermarking feature and end to end encryption are both available in meetings organized by a user licensed with Teams Premium via the meeting options and applies to all attendees in the meeting regardless of their licenses.

Sensitivity labels require both Teams Premium and Microsoft 365 E5 licenses be assigned to the meeting organizer.  The meeting options are then set for the meeting and impact all meeting attendees regardless of their licenses.

More details of these features can be found here

Keeping up to date

There are many ways to keep up to date with the changes in Microsoft Teams.  These are our favourites:

Learn more about Microsoft Teams

If you’re looking for information management training, you’re in the right place. We at Leadership Through Data offer information management and governance training to help you guide your organization to compliance. Take a look at all our training courses for the UK, US and ANZ.

Here’s a direct link to our Microsoft Teams course too for the UK, US and ANZ.