Microsoft is working on a new feature, which will give meeting organizers the ability to turn off the chat functionality during Teams meetings. This feature is in development and coming in November, according to the Microsoft 365 roadmap.
As a reminder, the feature builds on the already popular “Hard Mute” feature in Teams. It allows the meeting organizers to mute audio from all attendees. The company has listened to the feedback from its users to implement the new Meeting chat moderation settings.
The Meeting option has been designed to enable the meeting organizers to manage participants’ ability to chat before, during, and after a Teams meeting. Once the change starts rolling out, the organizer of the meeting will be able to set the "Allow meeting chat" setting within the Meeting options to On, Off, or during the meeting only.
In the remote-work era, Teams meeting conversation can get quite "noisy" in large meetings. As the session continues, a couple of important points may generate a lot of discussions. Indeed, Microsoft wants to address this issue by updating the Meeting options. This feature comes in extremely handy for the organizers to concentrate on the work at hand without being distracted by messages from their team.
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