Teams meeting lobby - allow "selected people" to bypass lobby
With the new "Only me" option for bypassing the lobby, this puts huge onus on organisers who might not normally expect to attend a meeting but where the meeting has a requirement to hold particpants int eh lobby.
For example ...
Person A sets up a MS Teams meeting that we will use to teach a random group of students about a topic. Person A sets the lobby to "only me" and invites person B as a "presenter". They also invite 100 random students.
On the delivery day Person A arrives and admits person B from the lobby shortly before the start time to complete set up and do final checks. They then admit the student attendees - that's perfect
Imagine that on the delivery day Person A is off sick. Person B is now stuck outside in the lobby with all the students and nobody can access the room (nightmare!)
Currently there is no way person B can access the room from the lobby if Person A is not available for any reason?
So - the request is that in the "bypass lobby" settings please set "specific people" just like we can set specific people to be a presenter, so that specific people can then bypass the lobby and do their set up even if the organiser is not available.
Thank you for your feedback. We have added the option to allow only users who were invited to the meeting to bypass the lobby. To learn more, please visit https://support.microsoft.com/office/change-participant-settings-for-a-teams-meeting-53261366-dbd5-45f9-aae9-a70e6354f88e.
We look forward to adding other improvements discussed in the comments in the future.
Suzi Toon commented
This is really important for education. All of the schools that my company support require this functionality. It would be great if you could confirm that it is on the development roadmap, and when we might expect it's release? Being able to specify a security group that can bypass the lobby would make a lot of sense.
Suzi (IT Technician in Education)
This would be very useful for us
Derek Cunningham commented
Hey Microsoft, this request is critical to us adopting Teams as our meeting service. Beyond this classroom scenario, in a corporate setting some meetings cannot start without specific participants, and the organizer isn't always available to start the meeting. Our users absolutely need the ability to specify who can "bypass the lobby" to start the meeting. It would actually be even better if you could just have a field for "who can start the meeting", because "bypassing the lobby" is confusing in itself.
Derek Cunningham commented
Hey Microsoft, this request is critical to us adopting Teams as our meeting service. Some meetings cannot start without specific participants, and the organizer isn't always available to start the meeting. Our users absolutely need the ability to specify who can "bypass the lobby" to start the meeting. It would actually be even better if you could just have a field for "who can start the meeting", because "bypassing the lobby" is confusing in itself.
This function would be really useful for all schools, we could do with the ability to have more than one member of staff running the meeting.
We are a special needs school with multiple teachers in each classroom (1:1). We desperately need this feature!
This would be hugely helpful to us here as well. Just an 'Organiser and presenters' bypass lobby option
I was just searching to see if this is possible and I see that it isn't. I desperately need my organizers to be able to bypass the lobby. Maybe making an option to have more than one organizer.
Would be very useful in school environment.
Needed for job share teachers and the current rota with home and in school teaching for many schools.
John Lawlor commented
A must for schools we are struggling without it.
We are exclusively using Teams to deliver school lessons and assemblies and having the ability to allow specific people (staff) to bypass the lobby prior to an assembly to assist with admitting large numbers of children would be hugely beneficial.
Helena S commented
This is urgently needed, please. I am unable to attend the event I'm hosting next week due to an unforeseen circumstance. If at least defined presenters could bypass the lobby, this would be a great help.
Ian B commented
I agree that this is a critical function. We need to tightly control admittance to meetings, but can't expect the meeting organizer to ALWAYS be available. Another option could be to at leeast allow people defined as presenters to bypass the lobby. Only Me, Me and Presenters, People in my Org..etc,etc.
Mikeal Balogh commented
We use a support bridge within a team. I am the organizer so if i am off they cannot open the bridge. This would help, or at least an option for People in Team
Donna Wakeley commented
Anyway the parents or student can enter the meeting with one click, would increase the use of virtual learning. Parents that are frightened of their lack of computer knowledge will bail out if it does not immediately work.
Shannon Marshall commented
It is essential for application in a school setting to allow more than the organizer of the meeting to have full control. Many classrooms have co-teachers. It is also essential to have the school administrators have these rights to all meetings organized so that in the event a teacher is absent, the sub can have control to start the meeting.