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Posted by on Apr 10, 2024 in Microsoft Teams

Yes! Changing your display name in Microsoft Teams meetings is coming soon.

Yes! Changing your display name in Microsoft Teams meetings is coming soon.

About a million years ago (OK, 13 months ago) I blogged suggesting that I thought that soon meeting participants would be able to change their display name.

This was because of a new property I had spotted in Microsoft Graph for a meeting object to signify whether this was possible in the meeting. That went in, but then the Microsoft Teams client didn’t immediately evolve to take advantage of it.

Now though, I’m excited to see that it’s on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, and with a roll out date of May 2024!

The other thing that has changed is that the allowParticipantsToChangeName property in the onlineMeeting object is now in the v1.0 branch, meaning that it’s fully GA.

I’ll be really pleased when this feature hits. I revisited my reasons from a year ago for wanting this feature and think that they are as valid as ever. For reference, this is what I wrote a year ago as the reasons for wanting this:

  • Disambiguation when joining an external meeting. Often, if I’m joining a meeting hosted by another company, I like to add my company name in parenthesis to make it clear where I’m from.
  • Cleaning up external names. Sometimes when users are added to an external tenant only the email address is used, or the surname and forename are mixed up. Being able to specify a “clean” name adds to the professionalism of a meeting.
  • Using a less formal name. For in-person meetings, I’ll usually introduce myself as just “Tom”. Depending on the meeting type, I may want to change my display name to match this experience online.
  • For fun. When it’s an internal-only, Friday afternoon team session where the focus is on connection and team-building, it might be fun to mix up the display names a bit. Maybe one week pick a favorite cartoon character, or TV star.
  • Because I want to. It’s 2023 2024, and freedom of expression is increasingly important. If I want to represent myself differently from one meeting to the next, I should be allowed to.

Written by Tom Morgan

Tom is a Microsoft Teams Platform developer and Microsoft MVP who has been blogging for over a decade. Find out more.
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