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January 4, 2021

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Option to create all meetings online in Outlook for Windows

From Microsoft Corporation

MC230567 · Published Dec 18, 2020

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Message Summary

Outlook for Windows users will soon be able to choose to have all their meetings set as online meetings when their organization uses Teams as their online meeting provider. This feature is already available in Outlook on the web and Outlook for iOS and Android (MC213856, May 2020) as well as Outlook for Mac.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66021.

When this will happen

This feature will be available with the Teams update rolling out mid-to late-January and the January 2021 Monthly Channel (Standard) update of Outlook for Windows.

How this will affect your organization

With the Teams and Outlook for Windows updates, your users will be able to set their calendar options so all new meetings will be created as online meetings. These new meetings will contain appropriate Teams information for joining the meeting.

  • If users choose not to enable this option, each time they create a meeting they will have the option to add an online meeting provider to that meeting.
  • If users choose to have all their meetings automatically created as online meetings, they can still disable the online meeting toggle when creating a meeting if desired.

A user can add online meetings by default in Outlook for Windows Calendar settings, as shown here.

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This feature is not compatible with third-party online meeting providers. When creating new events, users can add online meeting provider details manually by selecting the alternative online meeting provider option in the ribbon, if available.

What you need to do to prepare

Outlook for Windows does not support PowerShell parameters that allow you to set online meeting settings as the tenant default for Outlook for the web and Outlook mobile. Thus, your end users will need to individually configure Outlook for Windows.

You might want to notify your users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate.

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