Microsoft Teams Rooms devices will receive improvements

The Redmond giant has confirmed that it is working on enhancements for Microsoft Teams Rooms devices, popular video conferencing solutions that many of our readers will know are designed to seamlessly integrate into professional conference room setups.

According to the source of the news, these improvements have, as their main objective, align experience that are able to offer Microsoft Teams Rooms devices with the Microsoft Teams desktop application, and therefore only target, in principle, selected devices, such as the Surface Hub.

And what is the Redmond giant preparing? We know you are preparing a new “Meet Now” feature that will replace the existing meeting control in the Teams room console. As its name indicates, this new option will allow users to create meetings instantly, and with just a few clicks. This means that we will not only be able to create meetings faster, but also in a simpler way, and at all levels, that is, including the process of inviting participants.

However, this change only applies to Microsoft Teams Rooms devices running in the modes “Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business”, a small nuance that is very important and that we must take into account. And with the direct routing for Microsoft Teams, it  can be used as a business telephony solution, replacing an existing Private Branch Exchange (PBX) phone system and its associated equipment and costs with a cloud-based system, to provide full PBX voice calling capabilities inside and outside your organization.

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Along with “Meet Now” support, Microsoft will release an important improvement that enhances the user experiencein “Calling” (“Calls”). This was already available to users of the desktop version of Microsoft Teams, and will soon be coming to Microsoft Teams Rooms devices. This new version of “Calls” should replace the dedicated dial pad control in the Teams room console, and will allow users to make PSTN calls, individual and group.

All of these enhancements are expected to begin rolling out to all Microsoft Teams Rooms devices in January 2022, based on what we have been able to see in the Microsoft 365 roadmap.

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