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Categories: Skype | Teams

June 16, 2020

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New Feature: Change how users Teams in Islands users schedule meetings from Outlook

From Microsoft Corporation

MC214700, Stay Informed, Published date: May 30, 2020

Skype for Business users who use Teams in Islands mode can schedule meetings from Outlook with either Teams or Skype. With this new policy, you can specify that meetings scheduled from Outlook will take place on Teams only. If you are not using Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business in coexistence mode, you may ignore this message.

When will this happen?

  • This policy will be available in early June for Outlook for Windows, Outlook on the web, Outlook for Android, and Outlook for iOS.
  • This policy will be available in mid-June for Outlook for Mac.

How does this affect me?

This feature helps users who are in Islands mode to migrate to Teams just for meetings. All other Skype for Business functionality is unchanged.

You can specify whether users can only schedule meetings from Outlook using Teams or you can maintain the current default option, which lets the organizer decide between Teams and Skype for Business.What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

This policy setting controls how your users who are in Islands mode schedule meetings only in Outlook

The policy is currently only available as a PowerShell script. You can edit an existing Teams meeting policy using the Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy cmdlet or create a new Teams meeting policy by using the Grant-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy cmdlet and assign it to users.

To specify which meeting add-in you want to be available to users:

  • Set AllowOutlookAddIn to True in TeamsMeetingPolicy and
  • Set PreferredMeetingProviderForIslandsMode in TeamsMeetingPolicy as follows:
    • Allow users to select either the Skype for Business add-in or the Teams Meeting add-in in Outlook. TeamsAndSfb is the default value; if you do nothing, end user functionality remains unchanged.
    • Restrict meetings scheduled in Outlook to Teams. Remove the Skype for Business meeting add-in and enable just the Teams meeting add-in by setting the parameter to TeamsOnly. Note: this setting does not change existing Skype for Business meeting join links to Teams meeting join links. The setting affects only future meetings. It does not affect presence, chat, or PSTN calling, or any other capabilities within Skype for Business.

If you set the parameter to TeamsOnly and switch back to TeamsAndSfB, both meeting add-ins will be enabled. Such a change affects only future meetings; existing Teams meeting join links will not be migrated to Skype for Business links.

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