Meet Now in Windows 10 is a new feature that allows users to host and view meetings remotely using Skype.
Added the Meet Now Taskbar Icon Windows 10 Edition 1903 or later with mandatory December 2020 updates. “Meet Now” Blotware.
To hide the Meet Now taskbar icon, you can right-click on the new video icon in the taskbar and select “Hide” as shown in the screenshot below.
If you still can’t hide the icon, you need to open the taskbar settings or the Group Policy Editor to permanently turn off Meet Now.
How to skip the Meet Now icon in Windows 10
To hide the Meet Now icon in the taskbar, follow these steps:
Right-click on your taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings”.
In the Settings window, scroll down and click on the “Enable or Disable System Icons” link.
Find the “Meet Now” icon in the list.
Set the option and click on it to change it to “Off”.
How to remove the Meet Now icon in the taskbar
If the icon is still pinned to the taskbar or system tray, you can also remove the icon in these steps:
Go to Settings> Personalization> Taskbar.
Click “Select Icons that appear in the taskbar” in the Notifications area.
Select the Meet Now Alert icon, which will disappear from your taskbar.
Disable the Meet Now icon in the taskbar using the Group Policy Editor
The Group Policy Editor gives you a set of rules governing how Meet Now works on the operating system. To permanently disable Meat Now in Windows 10 for all user accounts, follow these steps:
- Open the Group Policy Editor.
- Go to User Configuration> Management Templates.
- Select “Start Menu and Taskbar”.
- In the right pane, double-click on the “Remove meet now icon” policy.
- Select “Off”.
- Click OK to close the editor.
- With the above configuration, you are ready. The icon will disappear from the taskbar for all user accounts.
It should also be noted that the tech giant is slowly promoting Meetna Now to other products such as Lotlook and Microsoft Edge. With this mandatory update, Microsoft will be able to help Skype maintain and protect its user base from rivals such as Zoom.
As mentioned earlier, Meet Now is built into Skype and allows users to start meetings without signing up for a Microsoft or Skype account.
The process is also very simple as you need to create a unique link to share with participants by clicking on the icon.
If you want to re-enable the feature, you can go back to the same taskbar settings and select the “Enable” option.
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