As promised earlier this week, Microsoft has released a new version of its PowerToys suite of tools to users running the experimental releases, bumping up the version to 0.28. The update contains all the additions and fixes that were introduced in version 0.27, along with the Video Conference Mute utility that helps users globally mute audio in video calls.
The company plans to integrate the tool into the regular release in the coming weeks and is currently fixing bugs and finalizing the offering. The company adds in today’s notes that it is currently “looking into changing the virtual webcam driver into a DirectShow filter” for ironing out issues and "quirks". The change, however, is not part of this release. The firm has also added an optional image overlay for video in the utility.
Additionally, the company notes that the release cannot be installed through WinGet and that the release will only be automatically offered to users running the experimental version. For those interested, the team is also maintaining an issue tracker for the Video Conference Mute utility here. There is no information on the possible timeframe for the launch of the tool.
You can check the release notes and download the update package from the GitHub page here.