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In Teams Only, Skype for Business always prompts Join Meeting Audio choice

When a user moves into Teams Only mode, the Skype for Business client becomes a “Meeting Join Only” client, meaning it can join meetings but is no longer a calling or instant messaging client.

This is how it launches:

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And if you click “Start Skype for Business” you get a client that only shows history and upcoming meetings:

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If you join a meeting from the meeting tab or, more likely, from a link in a meeting invite, you will always be promoted with the “Join Meeting Audio” choice.

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You are not going mad, even if you have your default set in SfB client settings and “Before I join meetings, ask me which audio device I want to use” unticked. It will always prompt.

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Unfortunately when SfB client is in “meetings only mode” it is hardcoded to always prompt. I believe this is because initially the meetings only mode removed access to the SfB client settings and I assume someone wanted to be prompted by default.

I believe the registry key that controls this behaviour is AllowOverridingDeviceAtJoinTime (thanks Yoav), but setting it, like ticking or unticking the tick box, has no effect.

I think I can live with it, but if you find it annoying I’ve setup a user voice here:

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/37311088-in-teams-only-skype-for-business-always-prompts-j

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

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