Room Systems & Devices
Microsoft Teams is regarded as a primary tool for paving the way to hybrid work. Capable of connecting and empowering employees in the office, in the field, and working remotely, Microsoft Teams offers the flexibility that modern companies need.
However, creating a comprehensive hybrid work strategy involves setting up the right meeting rooms in the office and providing business users with the right devices for productive conversations. In the last couple of years, Microsoft’s selection of available room system technology and devices has grown thanks to the development of new partner tools.
The Trends Driving Room Systems and Devices in 2022
Creating safe, reliable, and efficient meeting room environments is a priority for many business leaders. Companies want to invest in room systems that contribute to a sense of meeting equity and inclusivity for employees regardless of where they are.
Microsoft has no shortage of options available for business leaders who want to leverage the latest hardware to support their Teams software. Microsoft “Modern” hardware is available straight from the Teams creator for remote employees and people on the move. There’s also a host of meeting room tools produced by vendors to suit a range of room and meeting experiences. Some of the trends driving room systems and devices in 2022 include:
- Employee experience: Excellent employee and user experiences is key to any major business investment today. For companies building an ecosystem of hybrid work and collaboration through Microsoft Teams, it’s crucial to access devices just as simple as the Teams software. Plug-and-play devices which require no complex setup or maintenance are a must-have.
- Meeting equity: Increasingly, the design of meeting room systems and devices focuses more on bringing teams together and creating a sense of synergy regardless of where employees are. Tools like AI cameras with computer vision which can track a speaker in a room or adjust the position of a video to create a sense of eye contact, make a big difference in promoting business relationships.
- Going Beyond Cameras and Speakers: While cameras, speakerphones, and microphones are still essential to the room system environment, it’s important to think about the extra features. Contactless boards for sharing content, digital whiteboards, and other tools help keep employees in every environment engaged.
Room Systems and Devices: Looking Ahead
As the transition to the future of work continues, we’ll continue to see a wide variety of hardware solutions appearing for Microsoft Teams Meeting rooms. These tools will focus on creating more efficient, productive, and effective meeting room environments for the hybrid workforce, giving every team member a seat at the table.
At the same time, we’re likely to see a rise in the number of contactless and AI-assisted features in the hardware environment, to improve the safety of employees returning to the office.