Turn on or off entry and exit announcements for meetings in Skype for Business Online


Skype for Business Online operated by 21Vianet in China will be retired on October 1, 2023. If you haven't upgraded your Skype for Business Online users yet, they will be automatically scheduled for an assisted upgrade. If you want to upgrade your organization to Teams yourself, we strongly recommend that you begin planning your upgrade path today. Remember that a successful upgrade aligns technical and user readiness, so be sure to leverage our upgrade guidance as you navigate your journey to Teams.

Skype for Business Online, excluding the service operated by 21Vianet in China, was retired on July 31, 2021.


For information about entry and exit announcements in Microsoft Teams, see Turn on or off entry and exit announcements for meetings in Microsoft Teams.

When you are setting up Audio Conferencing in Microsoft 365 or Office 365, you will get an audio conferencing bridge. A conferencing bridge can contain one or more phone numbers that people will use to call in to a Skype for Business meeting.

The conferencing bridge answers a call for a user who is dialing in to a meeting using a phone. The conferencing bridge answers the caller with voice prompts from a conferencing auto attendant, and then, depending on your settings, can play notifications, ask callers to record their name, and set up the PIN security. A PIN is given to a Skype for Business meeting organizer, and it allows them to start a meeting if they can't start the meeting using the Skype for Business app. You can, however, set it so that a PIN isn't required to start a meeting.


We are frequently updating how you can manage features found in Skype for Business Online, so the steps here might be a little different.

Setting meeting join options

  1. In the Skype for Business admin center, in the left navigation, go to Audio conferencing > Microsoft bridge settings.

  2. Under Meeting join experience, select or clear Enable meeting entry and exit notifications to be turned on. This is selected by default. If you clear it, users who have already joined the meeting won't be notified when someone enters or leaves the meeting.

  3. Under Entry/exit announcement type, select Names or phone numbers or Tones.

  4. Check or uncheck Ask callers to record their name before joining the meeting.

  5. After you make your changes, click Save.

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