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Microsoft Teams IP Desk Phones and Room Phones

More exciting news coming out of Enterprise Connect. Announcements of specific Microsoft Teams IP Phones.

Previously, Microsoft announced, that existing Skype for Business certified Phones will be supported on Microsoft Teams. The user experience (user interface) on 3PIP and LPE phones will not change when a user moves to Microsoft Teams. There were some question marks over support of specific features, such as escalating from P2P to a conference and conference controls (likely not supported since existing phones use SIP and Teams uses HTTPS for signalling).

Now Teams specific phones/software for existing phones has been announced. Some Photos have popped up on Twitter, and my friend Matt Landis has a good video overview.

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Images from Matt Landis and Peter Huboi of Polycom

Microsoft also announced the following in a blog post

Personal Devices (Desk Phones):

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The Yealink T56A and T58A Teams edition desk phones are designed for executives and professionals in various vertical markets and will be delivering the same consistent user experience as the Teams desktop and mobile apps. The T56A desk phone is targeted for personal desks while the premium T58A model is targeted for C-level and executive rooms, and both have high-definition audio quality.

AudioCodes C450HD Intelligent Communications IP Phone is the next evolution of the advanced, full touch 450HD phone. Leveraging the native Teams phone application, the C450HD is designed to support Intelligent Communications with a powerful and familiar interface.

 

Microsoft are also introducing a new category of devices for the desk: mobile phone stations. Targeted for later this year, mobile phone stations will help mobile-first users more seamlessly transition between spaces and benefit from high-quality audio. The first product in this category will be from Plantronics, combining the Microsoft Teams experience with desk phone capabilities for the mobile user.

 

Room Phones:

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Crestron Mercury is an all-in-one tabletop solution which will feature the Teams phone application moving forward. It contains a built-in occupancy sensor for usage data and automation for insights in utilization, enabling people and teams to collaborate across sites.

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Polycom Trio offers HD voice performance and fits the small/medium rooms all the way up to larger conference rooms. Trio audio directly integrates with Skype for Business on-premises, online and, now, will also feature the Teams phone application.

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Yealink CP960 Teams edition conference phone combines Harmon’s cutting-edge acoustic engineering with Yealink’s own HD voice technology. Also featuring the Teams phone application, this phone is specifically designed for use in huddle rooms and mid- and large-sized meeting rooms.

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.

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