Microsoft Teams new feature will help you unmute
Whenever someone’s been caught off guard in a meeting because they’ve left their microphone on, this could result in a peach-blush cheek of embarrassment. Thanks to this new Microsoft Teams new feature.
Though Microsoft Teams has an existing keyboard shortcut that turns the mute option on and off, the new shortcut will give an easier and quick option for any user who wants to join the conversation with a quick response. Moreover, this is beneficial to those who tend to forget to reactivate mute after speaking.
Luckily, Microsoft has developed a new feature within Teams that will let users unmute their microphone temporarily by hitting CTRL and spacebar. If you release these keys, Teams will resume muting your microphone again.
This new Microsoft team feature will greatly help those who use laptops for work. As unmuting using the mouse requires a bit of fumbling.
Not muting your mic is the new reply all. 😒
Ctrl+Shft+M to quickly mute your mic.
Discover more essential keyboard shortcuts here: https://t.co/sGx1z97wYK
— Microsoft Teams (@MicrosoftTeams) August 3, 2020
An analysis by other techies, this Microsoft team update seems insignificant as compared to other Teams’ updates. But in terms of practicality to users, it’s just as useful as the other new updates.
The Microsoft 365 roadmap said, “Introducing the capability to allow meeting participants to temporarily unmute by pressing Ctrl Spacebar, to speak.”
— Microsoft Teams (@MicrosoftTeams) September 30, 2019
Whenever a user is in a meeting, the “…” menu at the top of the participant list can be used. It’ll allow the attendees to unmute the option and toggle it on and off. Once this option is on, meeting participants need to raise their hands to let the presenter know they’ll be commenting. The presenter would then right-click on the participant’s name to allow them to mute.
During meetings, this new feature lowers the chances of accidentally leaving a microphone on. Although this is a temporary mute option, it’s different from the “push-to-talk” functions. This allows Microsoft teams to function as a walkie-talkie. The push-to-talk feature is currently in development and is expected to be available this month.
Although this mute feature is still under further development, its tentative date of use is in October 2021.