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.
While working from home where people can't always be in a quiet environing this would improve meetings dramatically. No more long pauses while someone opens teams back up and find the unmute button
Can't believe this easy to implement feature is still in the backlog.
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The Ideal Teams User commented
This is hilariously incompetent of Microsoft, as usual. Only months ago they finally added custom download locations after hundreds of comments asking for it, and I suspect it'll be the same for this feature too, maybe another two years later.
This should have been a day one feature shouldn't it? How is this still not implemented?
"Ctrl+Shift+M" to toggle mute is just not a good solution at all, is anyone actually using that method? Unlikely.
At the very least, can we get an easier way to toggle mute (i.e. single button toggle). And ideally, implement actual "push to talk" functionality as well as "toggle mute".
can I just add on this one. i'm not sure if this extends beyond the initial functional request of PTT, but the one thing that pushes me to using Zoom or Whatsapp over Teams is the inability of Teams to handle natural flow of conversation/dialogue in audio meetings. You'd think it would be a core part of the value proposition, but it is absolutely terrible.
In reality, my daily meetings feel like a filibuster, with the loudest person inadvertently muting all other speakers who may try and comment/speak up/add their 2 cents. I just came off a call where 3 people all tried to interrupt one person who was talking at length, but because of the audio-gating rules, we were just kept muted. To make matters worse, this isn't made clear to us that we have been muted, we are just guessing we are muted because the one user kept talking. It is incredibly frustrating and feels completely broken.
If PTT were enabled, this might get part of the way there, IF you could also do away with the stupid audio-gating rules that are in place when PTT is enabled. For example, if 3 people hold down spacebar, they obviously all want to say something, so let all of them speak. Don't try and be smart and work out who is the main speaker and mute the other 2. Let them speak, even if it's over the top of each other. This is how face-to-face human interaction works and works well. The 2 second delay between someone trying to say something and Teams realising and ducking the initial speaker to allow the new speaker to speak completely breaks flow, breaks communication, and discourages collaboration.
I'm just saying, yes please to PTT, but also with that, lose the auto-muting of other speakers. If you have pushed to talk, then let them talk.
Sell Dollars Buy Bitcoin commented
Imagine if you did this 4 years ago... It's still early.
Hurry up Microsoft.
Ryan Stasel commented
Yes please. this would be extremely useful!
Any update on this one? It has literally been years, and is a "101" feature for other voice clients. But as another poster said below it should be a global toggle, not based on in-focus window. On any multi-monitor system, needing to focus the window to PTT hurts your ability to multitask.
A very dearly missing feature here in our office on team meetings.
People are wondering why there is no push-to-talk option.
AND NO: TOGGLE MUTE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PUSH TO TALK!
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