M365 Changelog: Microsoft Teams: New meeting option to control permissions for admitting participants from lobby


Microsoft Teams introduces a new meeting option allowing organizers to control who can admit participants from the lobby. This update provides two choices: only organizers and co-organizers, or including presenters. The feature will roll out in July 2024, with no specific action required for implementation. Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 392836 is associated with this update.

MC795085 – Microsoft Teams: Currently, the capability to admit attendees from lobby and the capability to present are combined into one meeting role: Presenter. This frequently results in situations where meeting participants, who are not in charge of meeting management, are able to admit people from the lobby to enter the meeting, and the meeting organizer has no way to control it.

With this feature update, Microsoft is addressing this gap by introducing a meeting option for meeting organizers to be in control of who can admit people from the lobby:

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The new option Who can admit from lobby will have two choices:

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1. Only the organizer and co-organizers can admit from the lobby: This is the more secure option to be used for meetings where only organizers and co-organizers should be able to admit participants from the lobby.

2. The organizer, co-organizers, and presenters can admit from the lobby (default option): This mimics the current system behavior that presenters also get the right to admit participants from the lobby.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 392836

When this will happen:

General Availability (Worldwide): Microsoft will begin rolling out early July 2024 and expects to complete by mid-July 2024.

General Availability (GCC): Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-July 2024 and expects to complete by late July 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

Based on the above option, people who have access to admitting participants from the lobby, will also have these capabilities:

1. Receive notifications related to lobby activity, such as the lobby meeting start notifications or in-meeting lobby alerts

2. View lobby in the People tab during the meeting

What you need to do to prepare:

No specific action is needed to enable or utilize this capability for meetings in your organization

All existing meetings will be configured with organizers, co-organizers and presenters with this capability.

For all new meetings, the organizers will have access to set this option during scheduling time.

The default for this new meeting option can be configured by the tenant admins using the meeting policy:

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