M365 Changelog: (Updated) Out-of-box Controlled-content meeting template (Premium)

MC678852 – Updated March 11, 2024: Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Microsoft is launching an out-of-the box template for meetings with external participants. The controlled content access template has preset defaults for meeting options to provide tight controls over lobby bypass, who can present, allowing chat across meeting lifecycle/in-meeting, and who can record.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 91286

When this will happen:

Worldwide: Microsoft will begin rolling out in mid-October and complete by late October 2023.

GCC: Microsoft will begin rolling out early November and complete by mid-November 2023.

GCC High: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-November 2023 (previously early October) and complete by late November 2023 (previously mid-October). 

DoD:  We will begin rolling out late November 2023 (previously mid-November) and complete by mid-March 2024 (previously late February).

How this will affect your organization:

The use of this out-of-box template is to remove the manual set-up needed for meeting with external participants. One can access this template by going to Teams Calendar > Schedule meeting > Controlled-content meeting template. This template is also available in Outlook. Please go to Teams Meeting drop down and select Controlled-content meeting template. 

Template Access: The template is accessible to all users, whether they have a premium subscription or not. However, premium features within the template are available only to Premium users. 

What you need to do to prepare:

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