Microsoft Teams will soon let you mute annoying chats

One of the biggest issues with Microsoft Teams is that it
doesn’t let organizers completely mute chat in the meeting.
Instead, Microsoft Teams only lets you mute audio and chat of
all attendees or individuals when a meeting has started.

Now, a new Microsoft Teams roadmap suggests that the tech giant
is finally working on the ability to mute chat during Teams
meetings.

In large meetings, chats could get noisy and it can be also
abused for spam. Fortunately, with this new feature, organizers
can now configure Teams to automatically turn off chats for
attendees before, during, and after a meeting.

After the update, Microsoft Teams organizers will see
additional options under “Allow meeting chat” within the
meeting screen:

  • On – When you select ‘on’, Teams will allow attendees to
    chat.
  • Off – When you select ‘off’, Teams will block the chat
    screen.
  • During the meeting only – This option will allow attendees
    to chat only when the meeting is active.

As you can see in the screenshot below, you can access these
options directly from the meeting options.

Microsoft Teams meeting options

This would be a welcome addition for Microsoft Teams organizers
if they want to mute Windows 10 notifications due to the sheer
number of messages coming from users after the meeting has
ended.

As we mentioned at the outset, the other option is to simply
turn off chats completely before the meeting, but it may not be
ideal for school sessions, at least in our book.

Microsoft hasn’t revealed exactly when this chats feature will
roll out to Teams users at large, but the roadmap suggests that
users might begin receiving it in November.

It’s also worth noting that
Microsoft is rolling out ‘Hard mute’ feature that is
designed to reduce distraction during large meetings. This
feature is already live for organizers and presenters on the
desktop version of Microsoft Teams.

For mobile users, Microsoft Teams on Android is getting support
for 2×4 meetings on small-screen devices and 3×3 meetings on
large-screen devices. In addition, Microsoft Teams on Android
will finally allow users to use Cortana to send messages, join
meetings already, and initiate calls.

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