Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build to the Dev channel in the Windows Insider Program, and it adds a missing feature that the software giant promised back in June: a Mute/Unmute toggle on the taskbar.
“Starting with Microsoft Teams today, you’ll find a microphone icon automatically added to your taskbar when you’re actively in a call,” Microsoft says of build 22494. “You can see your call audio status, what app is accessing your microphone, and quickly mute and unmute your call at any time.”
As you may recall, I published an article about missing promised features in Windows 11 features back in late September, and this Mute/Unmute feature was prominent in the list. But with Microsoft now finally testing it with Insiders—albeit in an A/B testing scenario, sorry—it looks like it’s finally on the way.
“When you join a meeting, you will see the following icon instantly appear in your taskbar,” Microsoft notes. “The icon will be present throughout your call, so it is always accessible, no matter how many windows you have open on your screen.”
For now, it works with Microsoft Teams (commercial) only, but developers can add this capability to any app.