The new option is designed with web conferencing in mind, giving
users a dedicated software button that stays in the same place no
matter which of the myriad video meeting systems you're using.
Microsoft would prefer you to use Teams Chat, of course — so
strongly that the first-party option is pinned to the Windows 11
taskbar by default — but the idea is that this will become a
universal button. Of course, dedicated mic controls within apps and
physical buttons on microphones and keyboards (like the Logitech MX Keys) will continue to work as
The button will appear in Windows 11 Build 22394, and it will
automatically show up when you're in a Teams meeting. Eventually
this functionality should expand to other video chat clients.
Windows Insider users will be able to test it out before the
feature expands to Windows users in general. Other changes in this
preview version of Windows are mostly under the hood, addressing
small bugs and unintended behaviors, but users will also be able to
sort the apps list from smallest to largest.