Jan 15 2021 08:42 AM
Jan 15 2021 08:42 AM
I've been having a recurring issue where I cannot access the chat for a meeting scheduled though Outlook as a Teams meeting (not associated with any Team or Channel). Another user scheduled the meeting and wants to share meeting documents before the meeting begins. However, every time I (and other attendees) try to access the chat, I receive a message that says "Sorry, chat is unavailable until you join the meeting." I've tried recreating the issue on my own, and every time I schedule a meeting (whether through Teams or through Outlook), I don't run into this issue. The other user is typically scheduling meetings with 50+ participants, and in my tests I'm only inviting 1-2 participants. Could this be the difference? We want to be able to share the meeting documents before the meeting, but find it annoying to have to email them out when we could just utilize the chat.
Jan 16 2021 09:06 AM
It’s worth noting that, although the Chat with Participants link is displayed in the invitation page before joining the meeting, this will not work.
So keep in mind, if you click on this link, you’ll get a message warning that ‘Chat is not available until you have joined the meeting’.
Chat is only available after joining the meeting
Jan 18 2021 04:46 AM
I'm a little confused by that because I have scheduled other meetings and attendees accessed the chat just fine before joining. Why is the chat unavailable sometimes and not others?
Jan 21 2021 08:12 AM
I would like to add that I am trying to start some pre-meeting notes. I am following the instructions from here: Take meeting notes in Teams
They instruct me to access the meeting chat, which apparently is not possible until I join the meeting.
Mar 02 2021 07:32 PM
@avpacheco could it potentially be due to internal vs. external?
For example, when I'm invited to another meeting by someone internal (user on our tenant) I can access the meeting chat prior to the meeting.
However if it is an external person inviting me to the meeting, when I try to access the chat I get the message 'Sorry, chat is unavailable until you join the meeting'.
Mar 11 2021 05:58 AM
@Mr_Trust_A This is 100% NOT my experience. We join chat before the meeting all the time to inform colleagues that a prior meeting will run over or share a bit of relevant info.
May 31 2021 03:17 AM
this is due to a new setting in meeting options
this only happens for us if we set 'peeple i invite only'
you also have the abilityt o allow chats in meetins only
May 31 2021 11:34 AM
May 31 2021 11:40 AM
Aug 30 2021 12:38 AM
I saw your query and found an option to start group chat before the meeting. Go to your outlook calendar ---> select the particular meeting ----->then go to the "meeting"/"respond" menu in menu bar ---> click on "contact attendees" --->"Reply all with IM". Once you clicked on this option, team group chat will open up with all attendees. Hope this will help you. Also find the screen shot for better understanding.
Apr 01 2022 05:17 AM
Figured it out!
You need to right-click on the Calendar invite in TEAMS -- not Outlook. It gives you the option there.
You can do the IM participants in Outlook -- It just doesn't give you the meeting header and include it as part of the meeting
Jun 02 2022 09:17 PM
Jun 02 2022 09:23 PM - edited Jun 02 2022 09:25 PM
@juliePointcore Even though the link is there when you right click in Teams ("Chat with participants") when you click it you then receive this message: "Sorry, chat is unavailable until you join the meeting".
This is despite the chat being Enabled in Meeting Options.
Last year we had issues with Chat being accessible before and after Teams Meetings created using a Shared Mailbox (I suspect 'In-meeting only' was selected).
Now Chat is definitely Enabled but not accessible prior to the meeting, and people can only see the chat from the time that they join so we are reposting links etc multiple times ...
How is this a bonus Microsoft?
Feb 16 2023 03:03 AM
Hi @Rae Jobst
I know I’m a bit late to this thread but did you ever get this fixed or get an answer?
I’m having the same issue but think it might be due to the fact the invite comes from a shared mailbox? Or the participants are invited from a Distribution List and it needs to be expanded…just some thoughts!
Feb 16 2023 03:01 PM
@Mim2412 This continues to be an issue - chat is accessible for those in the original invitation. Those added later do not have access to the chat until they join the meeting. This is a real limitation for professional development workshops, where you want to connect with people via the Teams chat prior to the meeting.
Mar 13 2023 11:44 AM
@avpacheco I too am having trouble with this. I was able to read and chat during my Teams meetings until December of last year. Now I am only able to turn on and off my camera and microphone.
i don’t know what happened to make me loose these functions but it is very frustrating and I have Teams meetings multiple times a week with different companies.
also, I don’t have the new 360, so there is no support from Microsoft. Which sucks.