Disable the Instant Messaging Widget in Outlook Live

With the release of Outlook Live back in Feb this year, we added in a little Live Messenger widget that allowed users to manage connections with their Messenger contacts, and to kick off basic chat sessions… this is a service that has proven popular in some quarters with students.

Some schools however dislike the use of messenger, and would prefer to have this widget removed… this can be achieved in the all powerful PowerShell (thanks to Kumarswamy Valegerepura from the Exchange front end team for providing some assistance here!)

This is a setting that is part of the OWA Mailbox Policy.  There are potentially 2 policies to modify here, the DefaultMailboxPlan and the GalDisabledMailboxPlan, if you are making use of both, if you are only making use of one of these plans, please be sure to modify the correct one.

Anyway, after connecting to Outlook Live with Powershell, run the following command[s]:

# to modify Default Mailbox Plan
set-owamailboxpolicy -identity OwaMailboxPolicy-DefaultMailboxPlan -instantmessagingenabled:$false

#to modify Gal Disabled Mailbox Plan
set-owamailboxpolicy -identity OwaMailboxPolicy-GalDisabledMailboxPlan -instantmessagingenabled:$false

You should then log into http://outlook.com to see the outcome… the widget should be gone.

You can also confirm the setting in PowerShell by entering:

# to see Default Mailbox Plan IM settings
get-owamailboxpolicy -organization:"contososchool.info" -identity:"OwaMailboxPolicy-DefaultMailboxPlan" |  fl *instant*

or

# to see Gal Disabled Mailbox Plan IM settings

get-owamailboxpolicy -organization:"contososchool.info" -identity:"OwaMailboxPolicy-GalDisabledMailboxPlan" |  fl *instant*

Enjoy!

Jonny

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2 Responses to Disable the Instant Messaging Widget in Outlook Live

  1. It would appear that this does not apply to the actual live.com page – only to outlook.com.

    Please let me know if you find a way to disable live messenger on live.com (for Live@EDU).

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