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Soon, even non-smartphones will be able to raise a hand in Microsoft Teams

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams will soon let people raise a hand within meetings using non-smartphones.
  • PSTN participants will be able to press * and 5 to raise their hand within a meeting.
  • The same feature also allows organizers to prevent PSTN participants from unmuting their devices.

Microsoft Teams allows people to dial into meetings through a phone line. This is a way to get people into a meeting that don't have access to a smartphone, PC, or other internet-connected device. While it gets people into the meeting, it lacks much of the functionality of using a web-connected device. At least one of those gaps is being closed, thanks to an upcoming feature for Microsoft Teams.

Soon, Teams will allow PSTN participants to raise their hands in a meeting by pressing * and 5 on the number pad.

Here's the description from the Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab):

Presenters and Organizers can now prevent PSTN participants from unmuting. This change also allows PSTN participants to request to speak by raising their hand in a meeting via dial-pad command (press *5).

The feature is marked as in development and could arrive as soon as this month, though that date is subject to change.

Microsoft has several features related to PSTN devices, including recording PSTN calls, which rolled out last month.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.