During Ignite 2022, Microsoft announced some innovations in Microsoft Teams Rooms, Teams devices, and a host of intelligent devices to help employees fully participate across the hybrid workplace.
Read on to learn everything that is new in Microsoft Teams Rooms, Teams devices, and innovations in intelligent cameras.
Microsoft Teams Devices
Hot desking experience available on Crestron Flex Display
Hot desking on Microsoft Teams display is a dedicated service for Teams calling and meetings. You can quickly locate and reserve a desk in advance or right from the Creston Flex Display device, just by touching down, signing into your personalized Teams experience, and making calls without any risk of personal information being saved after you sign out. Later this fall, this friction-free hotdesking experience will be available on the Neat Frame and Yealink DeskVision A24 as well.
Now you can easily mute and unmute your voice, advance slides in your presentation, and raise your hand in a meeting with Microsoft Presenter+ . This compact mobile device is now available for pre-order. Contact us to learn more about it.
A new generation of Front Row
The first generation of Front Row enhanced the hybrid meeting experience for many Teams Rooms, but it can be a lot to fit on a smaller front-of-room display. During Ignite 2022, Microsoft announced the optimization of the Front Row experience with a video layout on 16:9 aspect ratio. The compatibility of the video layout was improved too by decreasing the default height of the gallery and removing the left panel, which previously displayed participants who raised their hands. A 16:9 display ensures in-room participants don’t lose visibility for faces in the video gallery or in the chat.
More space in video gallery with IntelliFrame
With this new feature, even in-room participants have a place in the video gallery, making it easier to track who’s talking and read facial expressions, and helping remote participants to feel more like they are face-to-face.
Signature Teams Rooms
To allow meeting participants to have more inclusive and natural interactions, Microsoft reoriented Rooms configuration from the center of the room towards the display and camera, so everyone benefits from face-to-face interaction.
In a medium-sized space, people in the room sit at a curved table facing the front-of-room display. With Front Row, remote and in-person participants face each other on a horizontal plane just like they would if they were physically sitting across from each other in the room. Cameras are mounted at eye level, enabling more natural eye gaze from in-room participants.
In addition, AI noise suppression removes background noise, reducing distractions for remote attendees.
Licensing update for Microsoft Teams Display and Teams Panels
In a few months the Teams Shared Device license will be available. This license will serve certain use cases on Teams Displays and Teams Panels, in addition to the existing license that enables calling experiences on a shared device.
To learn more about the announcements made during Ignite 2022 click here.