As part of Microsoft's goal to dominate the virtual conferencing space, the company debuted Microsoft Teams Rooms in 2019. An evolution of Skype Rooms, this is hardware that taps into Microsoft Teams to make meeting experiences better. However, it's not always cheap to set up hardware installations in meeting spaces.
Microsoft thinks it can help customers manage the cost with a new Device as a Service (DaaS) solution. With the new initiative, smaller organizations can spread the cost of Microsoft Teams Rooms devices.
Microsoft's Teams Device as a Service gives customers a way to purchase Rooms hardware through monthly plans. Payments come from trusted partners and Microsoft says the DaaS comes with the following benefits:
- “Reduced up-front costs
Free up your budget for additional IT investments with monthly payments instead of a large initial purchase.
- Scalable plans for your business
Add devices from our portfolio to your shopping cart as your business grows.
- Access to the latest technology
At the end of your contract, sign up for a refreshed wave of our latest innovations instead of purchasing one solution.”
- Wide range of solutions
Choose from phones, peripherals, room systems, and accessories to create custom bundles.
- Financing and shopping made easy
Eliminate high up-front costs by breaking down your device order into smaller, regular monthly payments.
Interested customers get started by choosing hardware from the Microsoft Teams online catalog. Next they select the duration of the payment plan and pass through financing assessment.
Microsoft Teams Rooms are devices built by partner OEMs for meeting rooms and videoconferencing. Meetings begin with a single touch, through a feature known as “One Touch Join”. Elsewhere, using Microsoft Teams, hardware can detect open conference spaces.
Partner OEMs adopting Microsoft Teams Rooms include HP, Logitech, Lenovo, and Polycom.