Disabling Cortana in Microsoft Teams Rooms

With the latest update, Microsoft rolled out Cortana voice assistance in Microsoft Teams Rooms. It lets you have a hands-free experience for joining or ending a meeting and other actions.

This change also require change management so your users know how to use new Cortana voice assistance. If you want to disable this option until you are ready you can follow the steps below.

To turn off voice activation, Go to More More options button in your Microsoft Teams Rooms console and turn the Cortana toggle Off.

Now this does not completely remove the Cortana button. It disables it on the console.

If you are interested in removing this completely then I would recommend reading the post from Graham.

Microsoft Teams Rooms – Scheduling panels – Reserve a room

If you are implementing Microsoft Teams Rooms, make sure to look at the scheduling panel. Pretty much all certified vendors has one of these scheduling panels. In this blog post, I am using the Crestron scheduling panel images. You can install scheduling panels outside of the meeting room. It provides at a glance view of the schedule of the meeting room for the current day.

If the meeting room is available and free the panel will lit across the edges in purple.

And if you’re looking for a spot for an ad hoc meeting, the panel will tell you if the space is available now. A green rectangle means the space is free.

To reserve a room for your meeting, tap Reserve, select an end time, and tap Reserve.

Once the room is booked, a confirmation window will be displayed on the panel.

At this time there is no way to unreserve a room from the scheduling panel. Hopefully in future updates this will be added.