Updated: Oct 9, 2020
Hard mute is finally here...A much requested feature in Teams, you can now prevent meeting attendees from unmuting themselves: this is great if you're delivering large training events or want to deliver announcements to an audience without interjections and interruptions.
To do this, you need to ensure that you assign the correct roles to your meeting participants. You can do this prior to the meeting by selecting 'Meeting options' from the Outlook invite or from the Teams calendar.
You can also access these options from within a meeting:
Once you click on this link, you will be taken to this screen. Here you can decide, first, who is an ATTENDEE in your meeting and who is a PRESENTER.
You can have three roles in a meeting: ATTENDEE, PRESENTER AND ORGANISER. Each of these roles offer different functionality.
To ensure that you can hard mute the relevant participants, they will need to be ATTENDEES in your meeting.
Once you have assigned meeting roles, you can then choose to prevent attendees from unmuting.
You can toggle this option within a meeting too:
Within a meeting, if you want to allow specific attendees to present, you can promote them to the role of Presenter by clicking on the 3 dots next to their name.