New Meet Now feature in Windows 10

If you upgraded the Windows 10 operating system to version (20H2) that was introduced last October, a new feature called Meet No will appear on the taskbar at the bottom right of the screen, where this new feature allows you to conduct video conferencing quickly and easily.

What is Meet Now in Windows 10?

Meet Now is among the features of the Skype application that have now been integrated into the Windows 10 operating system, as Microsoft aims to provide a quick way for users to make video calls easily, without the need to install another application, and the launch of the feature can be explained in the Windows 10 operating system as an attempt by Microsoft to compete with the popular video conferencing app Zoom.

What are the comparisons between Meet Now and Zoom?

Functionally, Meet Now is a convenient option for video calling, as you can host between 30 to 50 people in one group video call, and the video quality will remain adequate all the time depending on the strength of your internet connection.

Additionally, you do not need a Skype account or application to join a conference call in Meet Now, which makes it very easy to use, however, the feature lacks a very important feature: that there is no option to password-protect video calls unlike Zoom.

How to use the feature in Windows 10?

If you have Skype installed on your computer, pressing the Meet Now button on the taskbar will open the application to start the meeting, where you can set the meeting name, share the link, adjust audio and video settings, and choose a background effect.

Meet NOW
Meet NOW

If the Skype application is not installed on the computer, the meeting start window will open in your web browser, and you can also access the same video and audio settings, in addition to the option to join only by voice, and the feature gives you additional options, such as: View Participants and their management.

How to hide Meet Now feature from taskbar?

The easiest way to hide Meet Now from the taskbar is to right-click on its icon that appears in the north of the taskbar, then select the Hide option, and this will remove the icon from the taskbar directly, and it will not appear again.

open meet now
open meet now

How to disable the feature in Windows 10?

If you want to go further, you can disable the feature permanently using the Group Policy function, and to do so, follow these steps:

  • In the search bar at the bottom left of the screen, type gpedit, then click Edit Group Policy in the window that appears.
edit group policy
edit group policy
  • On the right side of the window that appears, click the Computer Configuration menu, then click the Administrative Templates menu.
  • In the menu that appears, find the Start Menu and Taskbar and click on it.
local group policy editor
local group policy editor
  • In the menu that appears, double-click Meet Now.
  • In the new window that appears, select the Enabled option, then click OK.
remove the meet now icon
remove the meet now icon
  • Restart the computer to apply the changes.

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