How to Assign the Co-Organizer Role to Microsoft Teams Meetings

Sharing the Load of Meeting Organization

Updated December 8, 2022

According to MC292796 (last updated June 23, 2022, Microsoft 365 roadmap 81391), Teams will soon allow meeting organizers to assign a new Teams meeting co-organizer role to up to 10 meeting participants. Microsoft expects to roll out the capability to tenants in mid-June 2022 and complete the deployment worldwide by late July. There’s already been multiple slippages in these dates, so don’t depend on them.

The new co-organizer role joins the existing meeting roles:

  • Organizer: The person who creates and owns the meeting.
  • Presenter: Nominated meeting attendees who can present at the meeting and perform other actions such as admitting people waiting in the lobby or sharing content.
  • Attendee: Other meeting participants whose actions during a meeting are controlled by meeting settings (for instance, is chat available).

The co-organizer role fits between organizer and presenter in terms of what they can do during the meeting. Like the presenter role, the co-organizer role is optional. It is intended to allow an organizer to share the workload involved in managing large or complex meetings like webinars. Compared to the presenter role, the most important capability gained by co-organizers is being able to access and modify meeting options. It’s likely that co-organizers will only be nominated in a small minority of Teams meetings.

Some of these meetings might be better run as Live events, especially when view-only attendees kick in after the attendance passes the 1,000 threshold. Microsoft makes this point in MC297608 (November 11), saying that “For larger meetings, and especially for any meeting over 1,000 attendees, Microsoft recommends using Teams Live Events.” In other words, spreading the load across a bunch of co-organizers might not make a large meeting as manageable as a live event would be.

Adding Co-Organizers

Adding co-organizers to a meeting is simple and follows the same approach taken to nominate presenters. Edit the meeting options and select co-organizers from the set of people already invited to the meeting (Figure 1) and save the settings.

Assigning the Teams meeting co-organizer role to meeting participants
Figure 1: Assigning the co-organizer role to participants in a Microsoft Teams meeting

Note that the “Only me” option in the Who can present setting is now “Only me and co-presenters.” In passing, when I look at the meeting settings available in December 2019, the change in the number of settings now available to organizers is quite startling.

Only tenant accounts can be chosen as Teams meeting co-organizers. This is different to the presenter role, which can be assigned to guest accounts from other Teams tenants. The reason is likely to be because co-organizers can change the roles assigned to meeting participants.

Co-organizers are shown as meeting organizers when meetings start. Other people who have been assigned the Teams meeting co-organizer role but have not joined the meeting (like Chris Bishop in Figure 2) don’t receive this designation until they join the meeting.

Co-organizers become organizers when a meeting starts
Figure 2: Teams meeting co-organizers become organizers when a meeting starts

During an event, a Teams meeting co-organizer can:

  • Access and change meeting options.
  • Bypass the lobby.
  • Admit people from the lobby during a meeting.
  • Lock the meeting.
  • Present content.
  • Update another participant’s meeting role.
  • End the meeting.

In preview from December 2022 and expected to be generally available in January 2023 (MC481829, Microsoft 365 roadmap item 105014), co-organizers can:

  • Create breakout rooms.
  • Configure room settings, including appointing additional Breakout Room managers.
  • Assign participants to breakout rooms.
  • Add and remove breakout rooms from a meeting.
  • Open and close breakout rooms
  • Send announcements to participants in breakout rooms.
  • Rename and delete breakout rooms.

Teams meeting co-organizers cannot:

  • View and download attendance reports.
  • Edit the meeting invitation.
  • Manage the meeting recording.
  • Remove or change the Organizer role.

People have pointed to the inability of holders of the co-organizer role to update the details of a meeting. Although Microsoft might allow co-organizers to update meeting details in the future, for now, a workaround is discussed here.

Managing Meeting Recordings

Microsoft says that a co-organizer cannot manage the meeting recording. Well, this is true if the organizer starts the recording because Teams then creates the video file in the Recordings folder of the organizer’s OneDrive for Business account. However, if a co-organizer starts the recording, they become the owner of the recording because Teams creates the file in their OneDrive for Business account. This is the same as what happens when a presenter starts a meeting recording.

A Feature for Some but Not All

I suspect the advent of the Teams meeting co-organizer role will pass by many people without being noticed. That isn’t to say that giving meeting organizers the chance to share work with co-organizers isn’t valuable: it is, but only in circumstances where the work involved in a meeting like a webinar merits more than a single organizer. In that context, this is a valuable feature.

Learn how to exploit the Office 365 data available to tenant administrators through the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook. We love figuring out how things work.

21 Replies to “How to Assign the Co-Organizer Role to Microsoft Teams Meetings”

  1. This is great news also for schools. Often teachers are required to cover lessons and the co-organiser role has been desperately needed for a while now. 🙂

    1. From the latest message center update (December 21):

      We expect this feature to begin rolling out in early February (previously early December) and expect the rollout to be complete by mid-February (previously mid-December).

  2. “They cannot:Create and manage breakout rooms.” This was the main reason why the education sector needs co-organizers. I am happy they are moving forward but this is only half a feature.

  3. Hi there – I agree with Daan – I start trainers off in sessions – at the moment I have to go through each session and cover chats, breakout rooms and generate the attendance lists. I was hoping to just go in for first 15 minutes and ensure everyone could get on and everything working. I was then hoping to switch control to the trainer so they could look after breakout rooms and view and download attendance reports…. Any update on this?

  4. I also want to be able to organise meetings then hand over to co-organisers. They need to have the ability to manage the breakout rooms. Any updates? Our program starts Feb 18th so fingers crossed. Missing Zoom but Teams is considered more secure so here we are…

  5. This feature is also very important whenever there is employee turnover in an organization so that the meeting instance can be managed and/or changed by someone other than the meeting organizer

  6. If I organise the meeting but don’t join can the co-organiser start the meeting and let he others in from the Lobby.

  7. Does that work for Shared calendar ? When we send an invitation from a shared calendar, we cannot assign anyone to anything because we are not considered as “organizer”, but I am. I am the one who created this shared inbox. A solution ?

      1. That’s not a solution when multiple people (also working parttime) are responsible for organizing meetings for their managers….
        This scenario has and is being used in a lot of companies. What is the “real” alternative? Letting the managers organize their own meetings will not be accepted 😉

      2. Why can’t the multiple people you refer to sign into the central scheduling mailbox to set up meetings?

        You could even have these mailboxes at a departmental level if you really wanted to…

  8. Any chance a co organizer will be able to manage breakout rooms at least in the future? When doing multiple trainings it’s difficult for a single person to manage everything let alone if the organizer is out for the day or a planned vacation

  9. Please grant the Co-organizer the FULL permissions as for the organizer, including:

    – Create and manage breakout rooms.
    – View and download attendance reports.
    – Edit the meeting invitation.
    – Manage the meeting recording.
    – Remove or change the Organizer role.

    Otherwise, if my assistant gets ill I (the Trainer) have to send out a whole new meeting invitation to my colleagues! This is completelly contra-productive!

    Thank you,

  10. Will a co-organizer be able to start and conduct the meeting without the original organizer present in the meeting? Thanks

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.