Within hybrid work, organizations have been forced to adapt and reimagine how people will communicate and collaborate. Even with Microsoft Teams providing innovative solutions to hybrid work challenges, employees can often work with organizations outside of their own and occasionally need to join meetings from third-party meeting providers.
Today, Teams Rooms on Android offers Direct Guest Join, a one-touch experience that allows users to join a third-party online meeting from their Teams Rooms just as easily as they can join meetings hosted in Teams. This experience helps reduce friction when users are joining calls from external partners or clients who may not use the same meeting provider.
Teams Rooms on Android will initially offer interoperability with Zoom meetings, while Cisco Webex and other third-party partners are coming soon to the Android platform. This experience began to rollout on May 25 for Poly Teams certified devices, with Logitech and Yealink fast following, and additional device manufactures coming soon.
Under the hood
Microsoft partnered with Zoom, Cisco, GoToMeeting, and BlueJeans to create an interoperability experience with Direct Guest Join. Third-party providers like Zoom provide an embedded web experience that temporarily allows Teams Rooms users to join third-party meetings and collaborate more freely. This web experience provides up-to-date software as well as enterprise-grade privacy and security. As this partnership grows, Direct Guest Join will continue to improve with new and exciting functionalities.
To learn more about the future of Rooms and its interoperability experience, be sure to watch this joint webcast between Microsoft and Zoom, with Ilya Bukshteyn, VP of Teams Calling and Devices, and Jeff Smith, Head of Zoom Rooms and Whiteboard.