One of the most annoying minor glitches in Microsoft Teams should be fixed soon with a new update.
The video conferencing service has long allowed users to “raise their hand” during a conversation if they want to chime in or offer something to talk about, without interrupting the caller.
However, if not properly addressed, “raised hands” in a Microsoft Teams call will remain raised until the end of the meeting, which will prove to be a potential nightmare for those who want to keep track of who spoke when and who is still waiting their turn.
Microsoft Teams raise their hands
Now, however, those of us who like structured Microsoft Teams meetings can relax as the company is working on a new feature that will automatically lower a user’s raised hand after a conversation.
In the future, the program will be able to suggest to users that they should lower their hand when Teams detects that they were talking in a meeting.
If the user takes no action on the suggestion notification, Teams will automatically leave their hand after a period of time. They will also be able to choose to raise their hand, for example, if they have a follow-up question.
in his official Microsoft 365 roadmap update (opens in a new tab)Microsoft says the move will reduce the number of “outdated” raised hands in meetings, noting that it “should ensure meeting organizers and presenters run more smoothly.”
For now, the update is still listed as “in development” with an expected release date of March 2023, so users won’t have to wait too long. Upon release, the feature will initially be available to both Mac and Windows users.
Messaging can be especially useful for people having conversations with a large number of participants, especially considering that Microsoft Teams recently revealed that it is working on an update to the “Interactive Large Gallery”, which means that your conversations will now include channels from even more number of people – allowing users to view up to 49 video participants simultaneously.