Disable Cortana Push to Talk on Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows

Last Updated on October 14, 2021 by GrahamWalsh

With the recent update of Microsoft Teams Room 4.10.10.0, Cortana was made available to everyone with the ability to Push to Talk and then ask Cortana to perform some commands for you. However, this moved the Present button to under the … More menu. This has left some people confused. To turn off Cortana completely for the room systems, you need to create a Microsoft Teams Policy. This is straight forward for a Teams Administrator to do.

PowerShell Code to run

Install-Module -Name MicrosoftTeams
Connect-MicrosoftTeams
Get-CsTeamsCortanaPolicy
New-CsTeamsCortanaPolicy -Identity MeetingRooms -CortanaVoiceInvocationMode Disabled
Grant-CsTeamsCortanaPolicy -Identity [email protected] -PolicyName MeetingRooms
Get-CsOnlineUser [email protected] | fl teamscortanapolicy

From the above, we want to install the MicrosoftTeams module and then connect to it. We can then look at the current policy using get-csteamscortanapolicy and decide what to create.

I then create a new policy and call it MeetingRoom and select to have Cortana disabled. I then grant the room/URI [email protected] to the MeetingRooms policy.

Finally check the user account with get-csonlineuser and filter on the teamscortanapolicy. Once I know the account has the policy, I the reboot the Microsoft Teams Room from console, Teams Admin Center or Crestron XIO Cloud etc.

Here’s a video overview

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