Today, we announced that we are bringing Intelligent Communications in Microsoft Teams to life across an ecosystem of first- and third-party devices. Devices play a critical role in delivering a great experience for calls and meetings, and we are bringing the Teams experience to the spaces you need, catered to the way you work.
Along with new devices from our partners, we unveiled exciting new features in Teams targeted for later this year that will advance our vision for Intelligent Communications including:
As the modern workplace is changing, we want to bring video to areas of all sizes and make any space a Teams meeting place. We are growing our portfolio of SRS devices and accessories with the recent availability of SRS devices from Crestron and Polycom, new SRS devices from HP and Lenovo, as well as device improvements and new intelligent video capabilities from Logitech.
Also as part of our meeting rooms portfolio, our first-party device, the Microsoft Surface Hub, combines software optimized for group experiences with purpose-built hardware to create an all-in-one solution for team collaboration in shared spaces. Teams will be supported natively on Surface Hub, extending the rich collaboration capabilities of Teams into huddle spaces and meeting rooms.
Teams support for SRS and Surface Hub is targeted by the end of the first half of 2018.
Finding the right audio device which is fit for purpose in either meeting rooms or collaboration spaces is key to ensuring high quality meetings. With our introduction of Teams conferencing devices, we bring Intelligent Communications through the consistent Teams experience to any conference room, even those which are not yet ready for video.
For personal devices, users will be able to benefit from more consistent Teams experiences with Intelligent Communications from their mobile phone to their desk phone to their desktop. New personal devices for Teams will feature touch screens as well as purpose-built buttons to help users get the most from the Teams experience for calling and meetings. These personal devices make it easy to view your Teams meeting schedule and recent contacts.
Teams for Intelligent Communications
Over the last year, Microsoft Teams has evolved to become the ultimate hub for teamwork. Built on the strength and scale of Office 365 with over 120 million users, Teams delivers chat-based collaboration, meetings, calling, and soon, full enterprise voice features. All of this is underpinned by the Microsoft Graph, allowing for rich AI capabilities. As part of Office 365, Microsoft Teams uniquely delivers these capabilities at scale, with enterprise-grade security and compliance standards to meet the needs of a global business. We’re excited to bring these Intelligent Communications through Teams across a range of devices to meet your needs in your office and on the go.
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