Microsoft Teams Rooms is a device as a service solution that is part of the wider Microsoft Teams ecosystem. Since launching in 2019, the service has been used by hundreds of companies. Now, Microsoft is updating Rooms with a new Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro version.
A rebranding of Skype Room Systems, the service provides bespoke Teams hardware from partner OEMs. Devices allow meetings to begin with a single touch, a feature Microsoft calls “One Touch Join”. Elsewhere, using Microsoft Teams, hardware will be able to detect open conference spaces.
Another new feature is the Teams Meeting button, which will now have an “Add a Room” which makes it easier to link multiple conference rooms in a single meeting. According to the company, Teams Rooms has plenty of room for growth. In fact, Microsoft says only 8 percent of 90 million global conference rooms have video capabilities.
With the introduction of Microsoft Teams Room Pro, the company is adding a new pricing layer that provides new features, the managed service platform, and all Rooms feature in a single license. Microsoft points out the service simplifies the subscription options for customers.
The new tier costs $40 per user/per month.
Below are the benefits that come with Microsoft Teams Pro:
- “Intelligent audio and video: To help everyone be seen and heard, we combine high-quality audio and video from Microsoft Teams-certified devices with video layout options like front row, noise suppression, and bandwidth optimization. Advanced camera capabilities use AI to help remote attendees feel like they are in the room with automatic framing to capture the active speaker.
- Increased engagement: Beyond audio and video, one of the best ways for remote participants to establish their presence in a meeting is to engage with ease. We’re bringing popular features from the personal Teams meeting experience to Teams Rooms Pro—including features like wirelessly sharing content, raise hand, and live reactions. And when using the classic video grid layout, chat bubbles alert in-room participants to the conversation happening alongside the meeting, so nothing gets missed.
- Powerful collaboration: Real-time collaboration can be a part of every meeting for every attendee through Microsoft Whiteboard, Microsoft Surface Hub 2S, and the intelligent capture of an analog whiteboard. Easily add a touch display to enable multi-user, shared whiteboarding, or add a content camera to share an intelligent, augmented whiteboard view into Teams meetings.
- Management and security: Great meeting experiences start behind the scenes with strong security and operations. Teams Rooms Pro provides essential enterprise-grade management and security, including access control, remote configuration, and device analytics, as well as IT service management (ITSM) integration. Teams Rooms Pro also includes the Teams Rooms managed service platform, which provides AI-driven operations that automate updates, problem detection, and resolution at scale.”
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