Microsoft now has two types of certified room systems for Microsoft Teams:
- Microsoft Teams Rooms (MTR)
- Microsoft Teams Collaboration Bars
Confusingly, Microsoft lists them under the same “Room systems” category on their official device catalogue, but they are quite different.
Microsoft Teams Rooms are windows IOT based devices, currently available from Logitech, Yealink, Crestron, HP, Lenovo and Poly. MTR’s come with an intel PC, Windows 10 in kiosk mode running a Microsoft Teams App.
Microsoft Teams Collaboration Bars are a new category. They are Android-based, from Yealink and Poly. The Yealink VC210 and the Poly Studio X30 and X50.
Both types are certified from Microsoft, but there are some significant functional and use case differences, so make sure you pick the right device for your requirements.
|Microsoft Teams Rooms||Microsoft Teams Collaboration Bars|
|Operating System||Windows 10 IOT Enterprise||Android|
|Service Support||Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business||Microsoft Teams|
|All in one unit||No||Yes|
|Display Support||Single or Dual HDMI displays with optional touch support||Single HDMI display with optional touch support|
|Control interface||Room touch panel||Touch screen, touch panel or remote depending on vendor/model|
|Use case||Small, Medium and Large rooms||Personal, small or huddle rooms|
|Support for external cameras, room audio systems||Yes||No|
|Transmit video resolution||up to 1080p||Up to 720p|
|Number of participants video viewed concurrently||4 (2×2)||4 (2×2)|
|Future support to connect to Zoom and WebEx meetings||Yes||No (not on the public roadmap)|
|Content Camera/traditional whiteboard capture||Yes||No|
|Present whiteboard from the unit||Roadmap||No (can consume when started from another Teams endpoint)|
|HDMI input to screen share||Yes||No|
Have I missed something or have a question, please let me know.