What is Meet Now in Windows 10 and how to remove it?

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Meet Now is a function of the communication software Skype. Microsoft introduced Meet Now in Skype earlier this year as a way to set up a video conference with a few clicks.

While it is necessary to start a conference from Skype or Skype on the web, attendees do not need an account or Skype installed to join. The conference creator will receive invitation links that can be shared with others using built-in tools or in other ways, e.g. by copying and pasting the link in a messenger app or on social media.

If Skype is available on the system, it will start and the participant will immediately enter the room. If not installed, it will load the web version of Skype and add the space to the browser instead. Both don’t require a Skype account and the web version even only supports listening to the audio (without providing an audio or video feed from the local system).

Microsoft has added the Meet Now icon to the Windows 10 taskbar; this is currently only available in development versions, but the company plans to introduce the icon in a future feature update for Windows 10.

Microsoft added the button to make it easier for operating system users to create or join meetings.

You can now easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking the Meet Now icon in the notification area (notification area) of the taskbar in Windows 10. No sign up or download is required.

Note: The new Meet Now icon is not added to Windows 10 Enterprise systems or Azure Active Directory accounts.

How to remove the Meet Now icon in Windows 10

Meet Now is useful for a subgroup of users. If you don’t plan on using it, you may want to remove it from the taskbar as it takes up space without offering you anything.

Several options are available to remove Meet Now from the system. One of the easier options is to right-click the Meet Now icon and select “hide” from the context menu that opens. Doing so will remove the Meet Now icon from the Windows 10 taskbar.

You can use Windows-I shortcut to open the Settings application on the system,, or you can do it by selecting Start> Settings, going to Personalization> Taskbar, “enable or disable system icons. After it you have to turn off “and turn off” Meet Now “on the page that opens to turn off. You can restore Meet Now at any time using the Settings app, but you need to make sure the feature is set up at this point.

Remove Meet Now via Group Policy

System administrators can disable (or enable) the Meet Now icon on the Windows 10 taskbar using Group Policy. Group Policy is only available in Professional editions of Windows 10 and not Windows 10 Home.

Here’s how that’s done:

  1. You need elevated rights to use Group Policy.
  2. Use Windows-R to open the runbox.
  3. Type gpedit.msc and select OK.
  4. After this reach User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Start Menu and Taskbar
  5. Double-click on the “Delete the Meet Now icon”.
  6. Set the feature to “Enabled” to hide the icon on the taskbar of the Windows 10 operating system.
  7. Restart the PC.

Remove Meet Now through the registry

You can also delete Meet Now in Windows 10 through the registry.

  1. Use Windows-R to open the Runbox.
  2. Type regedit.exe and select OK.
  3. For individual users, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer
    1. On Explorer Right-click and select New> Dword (32-bit) Value.
    2. Name it HideSCAMeetNow.
    3. Set the value to 1.
  4. For all users, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer
    1. On Explorer Right-click and select New> Dword (32-bit) Value.
    2. Name it HideSCAMeetNow.
    3. Set the value to 1.
  5. Restart the PC.

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