Update 16th September: Ilya Bukshteyn has commented that there are no plans for a Microsoft Teams speaker at the moment on the LinkedIn thread
Microsoft are a software company, but they are also a hardware company. That can make things interesting.
Microsoft has apparently been prototyping portable speakerphone that looks to be aimed at meeting scenarios. A new patent recently made public and spotted by Windows United, shows a portable speaker that looks much like a Google Home Mini.
Its interesting that One of the listed inventors, Malek Chalabi, is a principle design manager for Microsoft Teams devices. It looks similar in form factor and function as the various existing certified speakerphones.
Patients get filled all the time that do not come to fruition, so this might come to nothing, but its interesting none the less.
It’s also interesting that the Microsoft Surface Headphones are *not* certified for Microsoft Teams. There was even a Skype for Business Certified program for PCs/laptops, which has many models listed, Microsoft Surface Book 2-15” was certified, but no other Surface devices were. The program ended in June 2019 and there is no “PC” category for Microsoft Teams certification.
So will we see the Surface product teams get more into Microsoft Teams devices and certification? We shall see.