Microsoft Teams on the desktop introduces a new option that allows organizers to lock down their ongoing meetings. The feature is currently marked as “in development” on the Microsoft 365 roadmap, with a general release scheduled for May 2021.
Currently, Microsoft Teams allows organizers to manually allow meeting participants once it’s started. However, there is no option to prevent subsequent unwanted join attempts within the desktop app during a meeting. This situation can be particularly frustrating, especially in educational scenarios, making it more difficult for teachers to keep up with late learners.
The new “Lock the Meeting” feature should help hosts by giving them more control over meetings, and it will allow them to lock down an ongoing meeting at any time to prevent late attendees from participating. Users who try to join the locked meeting over the Internet, desktop, mobile, PSTN, and devices are notified that the meeting does not allow new attendees.
This new meeting management is ideal for teachers and it should certainly help them punish students who are consistently late for their online classes. The feature will be rolled out globally to all Teams desktop clients in mid-May, but it may take a while for it to appear to all users. In case you missed it, Microsoft Teams will also get an update that allows meeting organizers to set a time limit for breakout rooms.