Cisco will be fully certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Devices, here are the details

Well, I did not see this coming, but it makes sense for all parties, and most importantly, customers. Cisco will become a partner in the Certified for Microsoft Teams program for the first time.

For those who don’t know, before being deep in the Microsoft UC world, I worked for a Cisco partner, one of the originals to launch Call Manager. I cut my VoIP teeth on Cisco before doing more and more Exchange UM and OCS and then moved over to the Microsoft UC side.

In the first half of 2023, Cisco and Microsoft will soon offer the ability to run Microsoft Teams Rooms natively on Cisco Rooms, Certified for Microsoft Teams. For these devices, Customers will have the option to make Microsoft Teams Rooms the default experience. Much like other device vendors in the Teams Ecosystem have the option of running in Zoom mode or Teams mode. This is not just an improved join experience.

In Teams mode, it will be full Microsoft Teams Rooms running on Android. The Rooms will also have an improved Cisco Webex join experience, running a Webex client for a Webex meeting join, rather than just the current Direct Guest Join. After the Webex meeting, the Room will return to the standard Microsoft Teams Rooms experience. Cisco has no Windows-based devices, so all devices will be Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android.

All certified devices will be manageable in the Teams Admin Center and the new Teams Rooms Pro Management Portal, as well as through the Cisco Control Hub device management.

image 3

image

Which Cisco Devices will be Certified for Microsoft Teams?

Cisco will initially certify 6 meeting devices and 3 peripherals, with apparently more to come.

Personal devices:

image

Room/Shared space

Will there be a charge/license to run Cisco devices in Microsoft Teams Mode?

No, there will not be an additional charge to run Cisco devices in “Teams mode”. This question comes up a lot as there is a charge to switch Cisco IP phones to standard SIP firmware which is required to run those phones signed into Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway.

Will Cisco IP Phones be certified for Microsoft Teams?

There are a lot of Cisco Phones out there, and lots of customers that would like to use their existing investment of Cisco IP phones with Microsoft Teams. In theory, those phones run android and could run the Teams Phone software, but there is no news or comment on this, and I don’t see it coming soon.

Also, you can run select Cisco Phones with Microsoft Teams today via Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway.

Got a question or thoughts? Let me know.

Reference:

Cisco landing page for Teams Devices: https://www.webex.com/solutions/microsoft-teams-rooms-cisco-devices.html

Cisco press release: New partnership brings Microsoft Teams to Cisco meeting room devices

Cisco blog: Hybrid work, elevated. Cisco and Microsoft partner to bring customers more choice

Microsoft press release: New partnership brings Microsoft Teams to Cisco meeting room devices

Sourced from: TomTalks Blog. View the original article here.

About Telecoms-Channel

Telecoms-Channel.co.za is your one-stop source for the latest news and insights from the telecoms industry in South Africa, where you get comprehensive coverage of the industry and keep up with the ever-evolving market landscape.

Whether you need to understand market trends, identify new opportunities, or stay informed of the latest developments, we have you covered.

In addition to bringing the best news together, we have access to an extensive supplier network that makes it easy for any telecoms company looking to tap into new markets or enter the telecoms industry. Take advantage of our expertise and contact us today to find your next partner!

Other posts you might be interested in

BitCo Telecoms Sold
Bitco

BitCo Telecoms Sold

Link Africa has announced the acquisition of BitCo Telecoms, a move that strengthens their position in the South African telecommunications industry. This strategic acquisition expands Link Africa’s product portfolio, customer base, and overall network coverage across the country.

NEC Exit
NEC

NEC Exits On-Premise UC Market

NEC is making a strategic shift, exiting the on-premise PBX market outside of Japan. This move reflects the ever-growing dominance of cloud-based communication solutions.

Cloud PBX Solutions

Request Once, Get Multiple Quotes - Save Thousands!