What is an "Organizer" account?

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Refreshed my Windows 10 insider fast ring build 19592 using Cloud download and after it was done I noticed the other Microsoft account in my family group (adult account) is called "organizer"

 

  1. What does it mean to be "Organizer" ?
  2. why did it happen?

 

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Organizers are adults that edit the family group and their safety settings.
Thanks, is there any source for that to read more about it?

@HotCakeX I manage family accounts with my Microsoft account and this is how my devices are set up. On my kids’ devices, they are the child and I’m the Organizer since I hold the account. The link below goes in depth on how to manage family accounts and features and stuff.

 

https://account.microsoft.com/family/about

No source beyond the fact that that is the verbatim verbiage Windows offers when one clicks thru the option (apologies that we don’t have the ability to screen capture at the moment). The important takeaway is that in this context the semantics really matter. It would have been tempting for the team working on family safety to call these family safety users “Administrators”. But family safety features are becoming increasingly (and increasingly seamlessly) integrated into the Windows OS. This presents a challenge when, as you experienced, these features are going to coexist in the same space as things like the Account Settings on the local machine. In that context it’s critical to make a distinction between an account with Admin rights on the local machine vs. an “Admin” on given Family Safety features group. For this reason (and others) the team needed to choose a different term - they chose “Organizer”. With this distinction drawn it’s much easier within the context of any given local machine to clarify when a local Administrator account also happens to be a Family Safety group Organizer account, or not.