Windows 10 includes a new Microsoft feature called “Meet Now” which is part of the Skype platform. The feature appears with a video camera icon in the notification area of the taskbar, which will launch Skype’se Meet Now web conferencing software when clicked.
What is ” Meet Now” feature?
Meet Now icon looks like a small camcorder symbol with a curved line above and below it. By default, this icon appears in the notification area of the Windows 10 taskbar.
Clicking “Meet Now” button will open a small pop-up window with a link to start or join a meeting with Skype, a teleconferencing service owned by Microsoft.
If you don’t have the Skype app installed, the two links will open the Skype website in your default browser. If you have Skype installed, the link will open the Skype application. There is no “Meet Now” application.
While the feature makes it easy to create and join conversations with other people, it’s not something everyone wants. If those features aren’t for you, Windows 10 includes at least three different ways to disable Meet Now integration using the Settings and Group Policy Editor.
How to disable “Meet Now” with Settings
To remove Meet Now from taskbar with Settings, use the following steps:
- Open settings.
- Click on Personalization.
- Click on the taskbar.
- Click “Turn system icon on or off”
- Turn off “Meet now”
On the “Enable or Disable System Icon” page, find “Meet Now” option and turn the knob next to it to disable. If you’ve hidden or disabled Meet Now button and want to see it again, open Settings and go to Personalization> Taskbar> Enable or Disable System Icons. From there, slide the switch next to “Meet Now” to activate it.
How to disable Meet Now with Group Policy
On Windows 10 Pro (Enterprise or Education), you can also disable the Skype Meet Now button by using the Group Policy Editor.
To disable Meet Now in Windows 10, use these steps:
- Open early.
- To open the Local Group Policy Editor, search for gpedit.msc and select the top result
- Explore the following paths:
User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Start Menu and Taskbar
- On the right side, double-click the Delete the Meet Now policy button
- Select “Enabled” option
- Click “OK“
- Restart your computer.