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September 17, 2021

Microsoft Teams update fixes the most common video conferencing issue

Microsoft is working on a simple update to the Teams collaboration platform that should fix the most common video conferencing issue.

A new entry in the Microsoft 365 product roadmap shows that the company will soon implement a new keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Space) that will allow Teams users to temporarily mute themselves during meetings.

The shortcut works in much the same way as a walkie-talkie, opening the microphone as long as the user holds down the two keys.

It’s not exactly a complex feature, but Microsoft still needs to test it. Currently, the new shortcut is scheduled to be released at the end of October for all users.

Microsoft Teams mute function

As we all learned during the pandemic, the mute function is both a blessing and a curse. Meeting participants are either frustratingly reluctant to use the option, creating opportunities for audio interference, or find it difficult to unmute when it’s time to speak.

While Microsoft Teams already has a keyboard shortcut that toggles mute on and off (Ctrl + Shift + M), the new keyboard shortcut offers an easier option for anyone who wants to start a conversation with a quick comment, or who tends to forget to reactivate mute after they are pronounced.

The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Space will also be a boon for those who mainly work from a laptop; the lack of dexterity afforded by laptop trackpads means that muting the mouse involves a certain amount of clumsiness.

Compared to the plethora of Teams updates Microsoft announced last week, the mute hotkey may seem insignificant. But in terms of practical value to the user, it is certainly just as useful as any other addition.

Source: tech radar

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