Microsoft has started rolling out two new features to Microsoft
Teams. Both features are supposed to help educators and
presenters reduce disruptions during Microsoft Teams meetings.
Microsoft has formally announced the rollout of the Hard Mute
and Spotlight features to the Microsoft Teams on Windows and
other platforms. The two features were first rolled out over
September, and Microsoft had already made an official
announcement during the Ignite 2020 conference.
The new Hard Mute feature does what you would expect: prevent
attendees from unmuting their mic when in a meeting.
By default, the feature is disabled, but educators can now
choose to not allow attendees to use their mic in a meeting.
This feature is especially useful in a webinar.
Microsoft says organizer or presenter can also manually unmute
the attendees by accessing the menu available at the right pane
of the participant list.
Spotlight feature in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is rolling out another new feature called ‘Spotlight’
that will make it easier for presenter/organizer to highlight a
specific person within a meeting.
For example, in an online class, your teachers will be able to
select you as a spotlight and your camera or mic will be
prioritized over all attendees.
This is particularly useful when organizers or educators want a
person to answer a question in an online class. It’s also worth
noting that spotlighted attendee won’t be highlighted in the
recording and the feature is noticeable in a live meeting only.
Last month, Microsoft Teams for Windows and macOS also
started receiving support for native notifications and a
bunch of other nifty improvements. In addition, Microsoft is
readying Teams for Windows 10 on ARM with support for native
ARM64 app instead of emulation.