Cisco Endpoints vs. Microsoft Teams Endpoints
Which Team are You On?
Cloud-based solutions for communication and collaboration have increased the global focus on “software” strategies for overcoming common problems. However, there’s still a crucial part for endpoints to play in the communication environment today. Today’s teams still need noise-cancelling headsets to ensure that they can focus on the conversations they’re having with co-workers and clients.
Video conferencing wouldn’t be much good without camera systems that can capture high-quality images and stream them at speed to corresponding users. Both Microsoft and Cisco are also have whiteboarding services and entire room kits that help to turn any space into a team-ready environment, designed to support remote workers and in-office employees alike.
Cisco Collaboration Endpoints
Cisco offers a range of endpoints designed to take your Webex Meetings and Teams experience to the next level. For instance, the Cisco Webex Board is an all-in-one whiteboard that offers video conferencing, wireless presentation and screen sharing for smarter collaboration. Cisco also provides a host of native Cisco IP phones, conferencing devices and other tools to transform your meeting room environments.
Cisco’s Webex devices work naturally with Webex Teams and Meetings to ensure that you’re getting the most comprehensive collaboration environments available. Everything works seamlessly together. There’s even a softphone client available through Cisco Jabber.
For those who need an entire room in a single package, there’s a range of Room kits to explore. Some are designed for larger conference spaces, while smaller solutions are specifically intended for the rising trend of huddle rooms. Cisco Webex Room Kit Mini is an AI-powered environment designed to bring people together in quick and agile conferences, regardless of where they decide to setup their discussions.
When it comes to desktop devices, Cisco also has you covered with a DX series of video conferencing solutions ideally suited to deliver high-definition video combined with crystal clear audio. There’s even access to facial recognition so that you know exactly who is in the room. Speaking of intelligence, Cisco conference devices like the Webex board is powered with machine learning. Your video systems can ask you whether you want to enable proximity pairing or join a meeting as soon as you enter a conference room.
From Cisco Headsets, like the 500 series with active noise-cancelling built in, to Telepresence solutions, there’s something to suit every endpoint need in the Cisco portfolio. The company’s long-standing heritage in the device development market makes it easy to transform any meeting room with the latest technology.
Microsoft Teams Endpoints
While Cisco’s devices are all native components in the Cisco offering, Microsoft relies on its partnerships with third-party vendors to deliver many solutions. On the one hand, this means that you need to connect with a broader range of vendors to complete your UC 3.0 experience. On the other hand, it also means that you can enjoy a more a la carte approach to collaboration and conferencing, using all of your favorite tools.
Microsoft delivers a host of SIP devices and tools through third-party vendors including Yealink, Poly, and AudioCodes. For noise-cancelling and concentration-boosting headsets, you can enjoy support from Poly, Sennheiser and Jabra. For a comprehensive meeting room complete with HD video conferencing, you can explore solutions from HP, Lenovo, Logitech, Crestron, Yealink, and Poly.
You can enjoy a native Microsoft Teams experience on a lot of approved devices, which allows for a more comprehensive end-to-end experience. Although, currently, the only endpoints that Microsoft offers in-house include things like the Microsoft Surface Hub – the interactive whiteboard you can use to upgrade your meetings.
Instead of focusing on both a wide range of hardware and software at the same time, Microsoft has chosen to concentrate on relationships with some of the leading endpoint providers in the world instead. This means that the company can focus on what it does best, without preventing its customers from accessing the latest tools.
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