Ability to prevent auto-start persistantly and programmatically using TAC/Group Policy
See MSTCommunity request here -
Even though autostart can be prevented upon installation a single time (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/teams-install) and then turned off manually within the desktop client, there is a need by some businesses to ensure that the Desktop client does not auto-start at any time and yet be able to enable this programmatically via TAC/Group Policy without having to jump in users desktop client to turn it off.
I am a small business owner. My IT guy set me up with 365 business to do what I need to do etc. Part of the updated package is this 'Teams' App!!. The annoying thing about 'Teams' is the automatic opening when I start up my laptop. I hate it, I don't want to see it, and I want it disabled..... I have Googled and gone through the options, that I am able to do, to disable 'Teams'. Unfortunately, everything that has been suggested has been overridden by Microsoft.. so you're stuck with manually closing down something that is really starting to annoy me to the point of moving to another system if I have to.
So someone in Microsoft, make life easy for us mere mortals who do not need all the 'bells and whistles' and keep the system bloody simple and user-friendly. If I use 'Teams' I'll click on the icon.
Karsten Vendler commented
The solution that Dennis(august 27'th) links to is not sufficient we need to be more in control then that, so plz. give companies a better way to control this.
Peter Smith commented
The July 9th ADMX does not prevent Teams from starting automatically (on every logon) once the user starts the program manually, which is one of the main points of this request.
Rolf Kalbermatter commented
Yet another application that feels its entitled to add itself to the ever growing auto start list just because it can. If I disable autostart for an app, it means I do not want it to reset this the next time it is started manually!
I know Microsoft wants to force this into the users as its supposed to replace Skype for Business at some point, but for now it's just a useless piece of software that keeps popping up at each start.
The released GPO does not satisfy the requirement: No autostart of Teams. That a user has chosen to start Teams once, does in no way indicate that Teams should be auto started thereafter.
On July 9, Microsoft released new ADMX template files (4882.1000) to prevent Teams from starting automatically (on every logon) until the user starts the program manually. Instructions can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/teams-install#use-group-policy-to-prevent-microsoft-teams-from-starting-automatically-after-installation
GPO name is "Prevent Microsoft Teams from starting automatically after installation" under User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Teams