Microsoft Ignite took place last week as a digital event.
Our UC Specialist Andy Byett was on hand to hear all the latest news. Check out his quick overview of the announcements:
'There were many announcements in the Teams Devices space, from product launches to new categories and programs from Microsoft. I’ve summarised the main updates below and will add links to the on-demand Ignite sessions where Microsoft delve into more detail.
There are some important
changes to the way Microsoft view the category and ever-expanding
feature sets from Teams. Any client currently migrating to
Teams will be looking for these features over the coming
The goal from Microsoft is to create people-centric meeting rooms that reduce friction for participants, make remote attendees feel more inclusive and enhance true collaboration and co-creation'.
Microsoft Teams Rooms:
Microsoft have announced
that the Android collaboration bars will now be brought under the
‘Microsoft Teams Rooms’ banner and will sit alongside the current
Windows 10 Teams Rooms in the portfolio. Teams Rooms for
Android and Teams Rooms for Windows will be delivering an
ever-closer feature-set but it is important to note they still do
not and will not offer the same experience.
Android will also be getting numerous new features, one of these is an official GUI for desk consoles. This will allow a standardised user interface to align with the current MTR.
Intelligent speakers for Microsoft teams Rooms:
speakers were announced – these are certified peripherals which
will add advanced speech recognition for intelligent transcription;
they will recognise and remember an individual’s voice in order to
give better note taking and transcription in meeting rooms.
Yealink and EPOS being the first manufacturers later this
A logical extension of
the Teams platform; these will be available from Crestron and
Yealink initially, with the expected functionality of booking,
identifying occupancy, checking meeting details etc. These pair
with the Teams Room for a fully connected solution.
3rd party apps can also be
integrated to expand the functionality. Also, nearby available
spaces can be searched from the console. This will surely be an
extremely popular addition to the Teams Rooms meeting space
Microsoft Surface Hub 2
The 85” Hub 2 was
announced, with expected shipping dates of early 2021.
Microsoft displayed the two Hubs in their new ‘co-ordinated join’ mode; one hub is driving the meeting with audio and video whilst the other is joining to provide whiteboarding & content display. This feature is now standard and works across phones, laptops and Hubs enabled with Teams.
On-demand sessions on
Teams rooms and Surface Devices can be found here: