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MC399495: Upcoming IT Admin Policy Change for Webinars on Teams

We are excited for our launch of the new webinar experience this year. This experience is a new intuitive end-to-end webinar solution addressing feedback received since initial webinar launch last year and built to scale for advanced webinars in the future. The new webinar will be found by clicking the new meeting dropdown in the calendar app and selecting Webinar.

MC399495: Upcoming IT Admin Policy Change for Webinars on Teams

With the launch of the new webinar experience, we are introducing a new policy called Teams Event Policy to TAP IT Admins and TAP customers. This policy (Settings: AllowWebinars and EventAccessType) will control the new webinar experience, and the current webinar experience will be controlled by the existing Teams Meeting Policy (settings: AllowMeetingRegistration and WhoCanRegister). As we make this transition from the current and existing webinar experience to a new one we are giving you the option to either use the new, current/existing, or no webinar experience. When we launch the new webinar experience, this experience will by default be ON (AllowWebinars: ON).

When this will happen

The new webinar experience is targeted for rollout starting in early August and is expected to be completed by mid-September.

How this affects your org

If you currently have existing webinar turned:

  • OFF (AllowMeetingRegistration: OFF), your organization will not have any webinar experience.
  • ON (AllowMeetingRegistration: ON), your organization will have the new webinar experience.

Here are all possible options in summary with existing Teams Meeting Policy and the new Teams Events Policy:

  • AllowMeetingRegistration: ON, AllowWebinar to OFF – Current webinar experience
  • AllowMeetingRegistration: ON, AllowWebinar to ON – New webinar experience
  • AllowMeetingRegistration: OFF, AllowWebinar to OFF – No webinar experience until the end of transition period
  • AllowMeetingRegistration: OFF, AllowWebinar to ON – No webinar experience

If you currently leverage the flow of adding registration to a meeting by using the registration option, this experience will continue to work as is and will not be impacted by this change as long as AllowMeetingRegistration is ON. In the future, after this transition period, we will only allow use of the new webinar via the Webinar entry point or no webinar at all and we will provide notice heads via future MC post of this change.

What you need to do to prepare

We recommend trying out the new webinar experience when it goes live and evaluate whether to enable the new experience or the old one. If you want to enable the existing webinar experience and not the new one, you need to take action and turn AllowWebinar to OFF, and ensure AllowMeetingRegistration is ON.

Message ID: MC399495

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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