Google Meet is rolling out a feature that can be handy so you don’t forget to turn your microphone on or off during a videoconference. However, this option is not really new.
It’s not a revolution. Far from there. On the contrary, it is even a very old function that has been used for a long time on voice chat applications. Google Meet is bringing push-to-talk back to taste.
In a recent platform update, Google explains that “to quickly unmute your voice during a meeting, you can now hold down the spacebar“. By releasing the key, your microphone is again muted.
We hope this will make it easier for you to participate in your meetings by quickly activating your microphone to say something. This feature can also help in situations where you forget to mute your voice after speaking.
The option will be disabled by default. You will have to go to the settings to activate it. This push-to-talk feature has started to roll out for domains with rapid deployments. For other Google Workspace users with a personal Google account, the update will begin on September 9, 2022. It will be available on desktop across all browsers.
Practical or anecdotal?
The concept of pressing and holding a key to talk is nothing new. Players have been used to it for a long time with voice chat tools that offered this feature to compensate for inefficient voice recognition.
However, it should remain convenient for some people, provided that they are not used to consulting other tabs during the meeting. Because obviously the Google Meet tab must be active for the feature to work properly. Finally, remember that there is also a keyboard shortcut (Shift+D) to mute or activate your microphone.
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