• Chris Goodwill

What's new in Microsoft Teams Devices for last month?

The pace of change with Microsoft's Teams product is truly astonishing, you've got to admire how they have ramped up the progression of the calling and collaboration platform over the best 2 years particularly, responding to the needs to organisations.

Every month Microsoft push out a summary of what's new on their Microsoft Teams Blog and it's well worth checking out. I have a focus across both calling and meeting spaces in my role, so hopefully I know what's coming from roadmaps and partner updates etc. but I still find this distilled article useful with the amount of new features and devices which are released seemingly at pace.

Last month saw the arrival of the Yealink MVC640, which is a Microsoft Teams Room (MTR) system pitched at medium sized rooms, it bundles together the MCore mini-PC with UVC84 4K camera, MSpeech speakerphone and MTouch II touch panel. AI is a highlighted feature as it features voice recognition, voice transcription and integration with Cortana. Pricing is competitive and we have seen great interest from clients, as we work with them in blueprint sessions.

Poly have released the Studio P15 personal video, a recent Forrester report indicated that there will be significant growth in the personal device market for hybrid working. This suits a small, focused room (up to three people) and has auto framing, Poly NoiseBlockAI and Acoustic fence to help meeting participants hear you clearly. They have also pushed out the Poly EncorePro 515/525 USB headsets with contact center customers in mind who are looking to migrate from legacy solutions - would also be suitable for a home worker though.

Dell Technologies have a new webcam offering in the shape of the UltraSharp Webcam, again AI has been leveraged to auto frame, it compensates for motion blur and grainy images in low light situations, haven't tried this product and will be good to see how it stacks up against Logi for example (my go to for webcams).

The update also covers a range of topics as well as Devices including:

  • Meetings

  • Calling

  • Chat and Collaboration

  • Power Platform & Custom Development

  • Management

  • Security, Compliances, and Privacy

  • Teams for Education

  • Government

As organisations have shifted to hybrid working (the new buzz phrase) it's important you have decent video and audio when taking part in Microsoft Teams Meetings, I recently upgraded my webcam to the Logi C920 and have had comments from meeting participants about the clarity of picture and sound. Anyways bookmark the Microsoft Blog website, as it is well worth keeping an eye on, link here to the latest issue and here is the link to the home page for Microsoft's Team Blog.