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Use Copilot without recording a Teams meeting

If you don't want to record or transcribe confidential meetings in Teams, you can still engage with Copilot when it's set to "without transcription" in your Meeting options.

When you join a meeting, select Copilot to open it on the right of the meeting view. Copilot can generate notes, list tasks, and much more. And remember, other people in the meeting can’t see your conversation with Copilot.   

Copilot no transcript meeting

After the meeting, Copilot won’t be available in the meeting’s Recap tab.

Tip: If there’s content that you’d like to save from your conversation with Copilot, copy and paste it in another place before the meeting ends. 

If someone turns on transcription or recording during the meeting, Copilot will continue to be available and the content of your conversation with Copilot will be available in the meeting's Recap tab, starting from the moment transcript was turned on.

Learn more about Copilot in Teams Meetings.

How to set up Copilot without transcription

As the meeting organizer 

  1. Before a scheduled meeting, go to your Teams Calendar Meetings button and select a meeting.

  2. Select Options  Settings button > More options.

  3. Scroll down to Copilot and select Without transcription from the dropdown menu.

    Note: If you do not see this option, contact your IT admin.

  4. Select Save.

    A view of meeting options with Copilot selected

FAQs

If Copilot is set to "use without transcript", does Copilot start as soon as the meeting starts?

No. Participants must select Copilot in the top menu to start Copilot for the meeting.

Once Copilot without transcript starts, can I turn it off?

Once Copilot starts, it will be on for the duration of the meeting.

If Copilot is set to "use without transcript", can I still use Copilot if the transcript gets turned on?

Yes, Copilot will still work. All interactions with Copilot during the meeting will contain information from the temporary and standard transcript. After the meeting ends, only information from the point that the transcript was turned on will be available in Copilot.

If someone joins the meeting late, can they use Copilot to access information from earlier in the meeting? 

Yes, meeting participants will be able to access any content from the moment Copilot without transcript was initiated.  

By policy, I'm not allowed to start a transcript or recording. Can I still use Copilot without transcription?

Yes, existing policies apply to how the transcript is saved.

Where is the temporary transcript stored? Would data leave EUDB for processing?

During the meeting, a temporary transcript is stored by MAS in CosmosDB. MAS follows the same compliance standards for temporary and standard transcripts. Once the meeting ends, the temporary transcript is discarded.

How can Copilot work without transcription? 

There is a temporary transcript created for the duration of the meeting. 

Is there an audit log of prompts and responses?

No, there is no audit log.

What are the plans for eDiscovery?

Since transcripts and prompts don't persist after the meeting, they are not available for eDiscovery.

Why is a participant's private interaction not available during and after the meeting?

A meeting participant's interaction history does not persist due to privacy concerns.

Why is the meeting option for how to use Copilot visible to all members of an organization, whether they are licensed or unlicensed?

This ensures meeting organizers can set how Copilot will be used in their meetings, even if they themselves don't have a license.

Why don't I see this new Copilot meeting option for my meetings?

New meeting options, like enabling Copilot without transcription, will not be visible for older meetings scheduled before the release of the new option. While we're working on this known issue, try this workaround: schedule a new meeting.

Can external participants access Copilot without a transcript?

No. If a licensed external participant joins a meeting with this meeting option enabled, they will not be able to interact with Copilot. Copilot can't access external transcripts. This applies to channel meetings and private meetings.

Can people in a multi-tenant organization (MTO) access Copilot without a transcript when in meetings hosted by a different organization in the MTO?

No. MTO users are treated as external users for this scenario.

If my organization disables transcription for all company meetings, and a user who has Copilot for Microsoft 365 enables Copilot without transcription, will the user be able to use Copilot during the meeting?

Yes. If all "Start transcription" options are disabled for meetings and a user enables the "Copilot without transcription" meeting option, the Copilot-licensed user will be able to use Copilot during the meeting.

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