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Microsoft Teams meeting recording auto-deletion is coming

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What you need to know

  • Thanks to "overwhelming customer requests," Microsoft Teams meeting recordings are going to get a 60-day auto-expiration timer.
  • A1 users get a 30-day default maximum.
  • The auto-deletion feature can be disabled.

Auto-deletion of Microsoft Teams recordings is on its way. According to Microsoft, this new feature is being implemented due to "overwhelming customer requests." Soon, the default lifetime of a recording will be 60 days or 30 days for A1 users. However, admins will have the power to disable the feature in the event they don't want recordings disappearing into the ether.

The default timelines are not set in stone, though. Microsoft, in its blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the arrival of the auto-deletion feature, explains how it decided on the default while also confirming it can be modified. "The 60-day default was chosen because, on average across all tenants, 99%+ of meeting recordings are never watched again after 60 days," the blog reads. "However, this setting can be modified if a different expiration timeline is desired."

To stop auto-deletion, you'll need to follow Microsoft's PowerShell or Teams admin center instructions, which can be found on the aforementioned (and afore-linked) blog post.

Physical file deletion functionality begins in the third week of January 2022.

That's the entirety of the news; if you notice OneDrive space freeing itself up in the coming months without any actions being deliberately taken on your part, this very well may be the reason.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.