Since March 2020, a free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, has become available. Microsoft is making this special E1 Trial license available in response to the increased need for employees / students to work from home (WFH) in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In this article we’ll discuss exactly what an E1 gets you in terms of features/functionality, who is/isn’t eligible, and also how to get the E1 trial license in your environment.

Read Office 365 E1 to find out what’s available with an E1 license and don’t miss out on all of Microsoft guidance for supporting remote workers with Teams.

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How to get an E1 Trial license

Contact Editmicro and we will provide you a promo code that you can use to sign up for the E1 Trial, and free 6-month Teams trial. Request assistance 

Who’s eligible?

This offer is intended 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.

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.



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. Hence will still be available once a new license is assigned to the user to enable Teams functionality again.