Allow users to enable push to talk in group meetings
Allow the users to configure to enable push to talk in group meetings.
Thank you for your continued feedback, we have not forgotten about this ask. The feature remains on our backlog. We will share an update as soon as one is available.
In the meantime, you can try using the keyboard shortcut to toggle mute (Ctrl+Shift+M). For more information on keyboard shortcuts, please visit https://support.microsoft.com/office/keyboard-shortcuts-for-microsoft-teams-2e8e2a70-e8d8-4a19-949b-4c36dd5292d2.
I haven't read all 374 comments, but please keep in mind for both PTT and Mic toggle they should be able to work when focus is on a window other than Teams. At least on windows and mac. I don't know about anyone else, but I very often switch to another windows while in a meeting. Sometimes for the meeting I'm attending and sometimes to work on something else. When I need to speak in the meeting, I don't want to have to first change focus back to Teams and then second push a key.
Honestly, for mic toggle and maybe PTT Windows should step up and solve this. Don't leave it to every application to implement it 10 different ways. Put a mic toggle key next to the speaker toggle key. If windows solves it then I can set one of the 8 extra buttons on my mouse to mic toggle or PTT. Attached are the media events Logitech recognizes as system commands. Mic mute should be there. The pandemic brought a fundamental change to how people use their computers. Think about how many people talked to their computer pre-pandemic and how many do it now. All collaboration platforms saw tremendous growth. Add those all together and that's the growth is mic usage for devices. Maybe I should have commented in a Windows feedback channel, but right this moment I want better mic control for Teams. :)
Take it as a privacy matter.
It can avoid earing people saying things they shouldn't have said.
Or as an added value :
Stop searching who left is mic open and avoid background sounds from non-speakers with Teams!
It could actually be linked with an option to activate the camera only when a person talk.
By the way, if you are typing during a meeting (which no body does...) you may activate the mic without knowing it.
I agree, with what someone else said before: People from the non gaming community (maybe the people in charge of the backlog prioritization ??) don't know the feature and can't anticipate the benefit of it. Please try out any of the voice chat tools, that use it (e.g. Teamspeak) and bump it up on the list. The benefit to effort ratio is imho really high for this feature...
I think the number of people is far greater who would greatly appreciate this, than the number that knows to ask for it. Still the large percentage of office workers are not hardcore PC Gamers after all..
This would be a huge quality of life improvement for so many people that don't know to ask for it. I can't tell you how many times I have to hear "sorry I was muted" in a day after a long pause. Muting is so much clumsier than push to talk, and so much easier to forget. This would make a lot of meetings in the world go smoother, be less background noisy. I'd love to even have this as a meeting setting the host can set for all attendees for large calls..
Please please please give this some priority rather than just a some day wish list.. the impact is greater than you think..
This really isn't difficult.
There. Here's some pseudocode to get you started. Have you bothered to use Zoom? Try muting yourself, then holding down the space bar. See how easy and convenient that is? Yeah, I thought so.
Now implement the damned feature!
Buyan Arvijikh Shinebayar commented
In big group meetings it could be really helpful if we had PTT feature (you're muted unless you hold space key or sth while speaking then you're muted again once you release holding it). It can become really noisy when someone has their mic on, and when someone is required to answer questions there can be delays because they're chasing their cursor to 'Mute' button and Ctrl+shift+M shortcut isn't the best solution for this. Only if we could hold SPACE BAR while saying something brief (e.g 'yes' or 'no'), MS Teams would be a better platform for those who want convenient and feature rich meeting solutions.
Of course I tried AHK already but it doesn't work. Since we only have a _toggle_ we somehow need to identify the current state (worse yet, you cannot even rely on it staying in a particular state, since other people can mute you). And that is not possible unless you want to throw machine learning for microphone icon recognition at this.
This isn't a direct solution, but if you're feeling adventurous you can install AutoHotKey (google it), then google search for 'autohotkey toggle microphone mute', I'd link directly but not sure if that'd be allowed. Then you can search for AutoHotKey hotkeys, and set the toggle to whatever you'd like to mute the microphone directly.
Alternatively, you can just have AutoHotKey translate whatever inputs you'd like into Ctrl+Shift+M.
Beth Colson commented
The keyboard toggle is clumsy....AND.... NOT PTT.
Food for thought: stop thinking in terms of "windows" commands and do ease of use for the end-users. ONE key like the spacebar (present on mac & pc). Zoom figured it out, surely MS can too.
You are confusing a keyboard shortcut and toggle functionality with PTT functionality.
Ctrl+Shift+M toggles the mute on or off. PPT means you are unmuted so long as you hold down a key and muted when you lift back up. Think walkie-talkies :P
Rainer Stumbaum commented
Ctrl+Shift+M is no replacement for PTT...
i don't want to toggle
push (hold ) to talk, and binding it to any key that i want (mouse 4 or 5).
not rocket science.
mumble, teamspeak, ... heck i bet even Simpsons did it.
TLDR: It took 2 years to get this out of review, and has been almost 1.5 since it was added to the backlog. Finally, it was promised to be implemented in 2020.
People are starting to go back to work and this hasn't been solved. Not sure how contorting your hand to hit CTRL+SHIFT+M is an acceptable solution. Push to talk and toggling mute are very different things.
Responding to the Alex' feedback on using the toggle shortcut: Essential here is that the keyboard shortcut (or however it is implemented) should work even when Teams does not have focus. Because it typically never has focus when I'm collaborating with a colleague
Xavier Gosselin commented
Workaround (needs an app called BetterTouchTool)
Map your desired keyboard shortcut with an action to "Send Shortcut to Specific App" w/ shortcut = "cmd+shift+M" and App = Teams.
This has worked wonders for me over the past few months, granted it's not a push-to-talk but a toggle. Muscle memory has mapped to do my shortcut twice (before and after I talk). The nice thing is it allows the shortcut to register from *any* context → no need to have the meeting window in focus.
It's a third party workaround so the solution is still very much needed natively but hopefully this can help those that desperately need this feature (like I did)
Under review since July 2018 !!!
On desktop clients (and browser equivalents) I propose to provide an option to assign a list of appropriate keys for the push-to-talk functionality: One key to hold the microphone enabled/disabled (latch functionality) and a second key to temporarily toggle the microphone.
A good default choice would be the <SCROLL-LOCK> key (incl. its latch behaviour) and the <SHIFT> key (to enable the microphone only while the key is being pressed).
Push-to-talk Key Assignments
A non-latching key assignment should simply revert the current microphone state. So, for example, if the microphone was enabled, pressing the <SHIFT> key would temporarily DISABLE the microphone. If the microphone was disabled, however, pressing the <SHIFT> key would temporarily ENABLE the microphone.
If a latch key is assigned through the supposed list, the microphone state should initially reflect the key's state when a conversation is started.
Discord is a free tool that solved this earlier in the beta versions. Microsoft Teams is a corporate tool and must be at least as good as Discord is. My son can manage his sound while playing video games better then I can while in a meeting. This is ridiculous.
Also It's not 4 years hard to code :D
Webex has it solved perfectly