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20 Microsoft Teams Devices Now Available as a Service

Microsoft Teams devices are now available through the company’s newly launched device-as-a-service (DaaS) program. The one-stop marketplace of certified Teams devices includes headsets; desktop phones; audio and video meeting room equipment; and partner bundles.

The new DaaS marketplace was among many Teams calling and meeting enhancements that Microsoft announced earlier this month. The move comes months after Zoom launched its own DaaS offering. Many of the major providers of certified Microsoft Teams devices have versions of those products through Zoom’s hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) program.

Microsoft slipped the DaaS offering into a long list of updates, noted by Tom Arbuthnot in his Tom Talks blog. Arburthnot is a principal solutions architect at Modality Systems, a managed services provider (MSP) in the U.K. The DaaS financing option lets customers pay monthly payments over 24- or 36-month terms, Arburthnot noted. It also includes warranty and level 1 support, he added, noting that orders are fulfilled by Houston-based Unified Communications, not Microsoft.

Microsoft Teams devices are available in its online Teams store in the U.S. The company plans to roll them out to other countries in 2021.

It appears that all major providers of certified Microsoft Teams devices have made their wares available in the store. Among them are AudioCodes, AVar, Crestron, EPOS, HP, Jabra, Lenovo, Logitech, Poly, QSC and Yealink.

Look at 20 of those solutions in the gallery below.

Datapipe's Robb Allen

Headsets — Jabra Evolve

Jabra recently announced that its Evolve noise canceling headsets are Microsoft Teams-certified, or will be this month. The Evolve line consists of the 65t earbuds and a variety of headsets. Among them are Jabra’s Evolve Series pro-level Evolve 20, Evolve 30II, Evolve 40, Evolve 65, Evolve 75 and Evolve 80.

Already certified are Jabra’s premium Evolve2 line of headsets including the Evolve2 40, the Evovle2 65 and the Evolve2 85. Those headsets have a dedicated button for Teams meeting features. Set to be certified by the end of the year are the Evolve 65e and 75e around-the-neck earbuds.

All newly purchased headsets in these lines will come with the compatibility built into them. Existing customers can upgrade the firmware on their headsets.
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Headsets — EPOS (aka Sennheiser) IMPACT MB Pro 1, Pro 2 UC ML

EPOS, the brand formerly known as Sennheiser, has certified its Impact line of headsets for Microsoft Teams. The headsets certified include the Impact MB Pro 1 UC ML and Impact MB Pro 2 UC ML. Already Skype for Business-certified, Teams certification is available through a firmware update via the EPOS Connect client application. Alternatively, the EPOS Manager cloud-based management tool is designed to enable firmware updates. The included USB dongle enables notifications of missed Teams calls, voicemails or that a meeting is about to begin. The call-answer button automatically activates Teams features.

Also certified are the Adapt 400, Adapt 500 and Adapt 600 headsets.
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Headsets — Poly Voyager

Poly has a broad set of headsets that earlier this year received Microsoft Teams certification. The headsets include Poly’s Voyager 4200 Office and UC Series Voyager 5200 Office and UC Series, Voyager 6200 UC and Voyager 8200 UC.

Poly’s newest entry is the Voyager 4245 Office, a Bluetooth headset. The Voyager 4245 is optimized for the needs of people working in contact centers. It is a lightweight headset, which Poly said offers all-day battery life. But for those who need to swap headsets, the Voyager 4245 lets users do so without losing a connection. Another option is the Poly Voyager Focus UC-M, a headset for mobile professionals. It is designed to let users move from PCs to smartphones without interruption.
Tellennium's Greg McIntyre

Headsets — Yealink UH36 Dual Teams

Customers who prefer a wired headset that is certified for Microsoft Teams can turn to the Yealink UH36. The headset is USB-based and is suited for office workers and call center employees who use IP phones, PCs, tablets and even smartphones for unified communications. It also has a 3.5 mm input.

The headset speakers offer passive noise cancelation, and it has a noise-canceling microphone. Yealink offers a monaural version for $56 or binaural for $64.
Windstream's Mike Frane

Teams Phones — Poly CCX Series

Poly’s newest Teams-compatible CCX line includes the CCX 400, CCX 500 and the CCX 600 desk phones. The CCX 400 and CCX 500 have 5-inch color touch displays. The and the CCX 600 sports a 7-inch display and integrated camera.

Users can access the Microsoft Teams interface from the phones, available with and without handsets. They can view their Teams contact lists, calendars and meetings on the devices. The latter also have cameras, support video calling, PoE and Wi-Fi.

Poly’s higher end CCX 700 was not on Microsoft’s DaaS list as of late December. Presumably, Microsoft will add it at some point.
Ridge Innovative's Nancy Ridge

Teams Phones — AudioCodes 400 Series

AudioCodes is now shipping its new Microsoft Teams-native C470HD IP phone, a high-end full-duplex speaker phone for Microsoft Teams. It is equipped with a 5.5-inch color (1280 x 720) touchscreen display optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. The AudioCodes Device Manager provides centralized management. It joins the C450HD Microsoft Teams phone, which has a 5-inch color display and physical navigation keys. The company offers an optional expansion panel.
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Teams Phones — Yealink MP54 for Microsoft Teams

The Yealink MP54 is an entry level desk phone that has a 4-inch capacitive touch screen with Teams communications capability and a physical numeric keypad. It is suited for office workers and common areas.

Yealink’s higher-end models include its MP56 and MP58, which have 7-inch displays and dedicated Microsoft Teams buttons.
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Desktop Video Conferencing Units — Lenovo ThinkSmart View

The Lenovo ThinkSmart View offers a new video meetings option for desktops. Designed as a personal communications device, the ThinkSmart View ($349) has an 8-inch, 1280x800 touchscreen, anti-glare display. It has a 10-watt speaker, far-field microphones and HD camera. it supports Bluetooth peripherals and can connect via Wi-Fi.

Lenovo designed the ThinkSmart SmartView for executive offices, but it's also a useful device for a home office. Customers can use it as an alternative to their PC or tablet, or with their computing devices simultaneously.
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Desktop Video Conferencing Units — Yealink VP 59 Video Phone

Yealink designed the VP59 as a video phone for executive desks and huddle rooms. The $699 desktop phone and videoconferencing unit has an 8-inch (1280 x 800) adjustable touchscreen display and webcam on top. It includes an HDMI port to connect external displays.
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Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — AVer CAM520 Pro Standard and Cam540

AVer’s CAM520 Pro Standard ($1,200) offers an 18x total zoom and 10 preconfigured presets with silent pan/tilt/zoom capability. An embedded Sony sensor enables wide dynamic range (WDR) up to 120db designed to control exposure and ensure clarity.

The company’s $1,500 CAM540 is a 4K webcam with a 16x zoom. AVer offers partners an analytics API to capture meeting space usage. Both cameras include AVer’s SmartFrame technology, designed to detects and fits all meeting participants onto the meeting screen.
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Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — Logitech MeetUp

Logitech’s MeetUp is a $900 camera that the company designed for small conference and huddle rooms. It provides a wide 120-degree field of view and its pan/tilt lens lets participants view people as they are speaking. Logitech offers a model with expansion mics that extends the audio range up to 4.2 meters. That will cost you $1080.
Edge cloud

Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — Yealink UVC40

The new Yealink UVXC40 is an all-in-one meeting device for small rooms. A 20MP camera provides a 133-degree diagonal field of view (110-degree horizontal). It offers AI features such as face detection, sound localization and speaker tracking. The device comes with 8 MEMS microphone arrays and a full-duplex audio system. The UVC40 supports remote management on Yealink Device Management Platform via its built-in Wi-Fi. It will set you back $939.
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Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — Logitech Rally Camera

The Logitech Rally Camera has an industrial design that provides automatic camera control. It can offer 4K resolution and it uses the company’s RightLight, technology designed to optimize light balance that Logitech says emphasizes faces and renders natural-looking skin tones, regardless of lighting conditions. The Rally camera has a Pan/Tilt/Zoom up to 15x.
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Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — Poly Studio

The Poly Studio is a new USB-based video bar for smaller rooms and huddle spaces. Available in two configurations, the X30 and larger X50, they have native Teams capabilities, such as one-touch join, content sharing and proximity join. The latter allows a user to talk into a meeting or huddle room and launch a meeting from their device.
Bedalow, Joe_Imagit

Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — QSC Medium Meeting Room Audio: In-Ceiling Speakers

QSC’s ceiling speakers are for customers who want to provide a high-end audio experience. The package includes the Q-SYS networked AV solution and Sennheiser ceiling microphone. The company intended it for midsize and large meeting rooms for conferences that would benefit from enhanced audio.

Jeffery, Nick_Frontier

Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — EPOS Expand 80T

The EPOS Expand 80T is a speakerphone with six adaptive, beam-forming microphones. Its DSPs aim to intelligently separate voices from room reverb and ambient noise. Its ultra-low distortion speaker in a suspended box provides duplex sound, which EPOS claims enables optimized simultaneous speech.

The $540 speakerphone has a USB-C interface for connections to Microsoft Teams Rooms, desktop PCs or displays. It also has a dedicated Microsoft Teams button that launches the Teams app.

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Meeting Room Equipment (Cameras, Speakers and Accessories) — AudioCodes RXV80-B10

AudioCodes will soon ship its RXV80-B10, its latest Teams Meetings room offering. The solution consists of its RXV80 collaboration bar, RX10 speakerphone and an EPTZ-capable 4K camera with a 110-degree field of view.
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Microsoft Teams Partner Bundles — Lenovo with Logitech PTZ Pro 2 for Small Rooms

The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 is for small Teams meeting rooms. Based on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 64, it has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GM of RAM and a 11.6-inch (1920 x 1080) anti-glare, smudge-resistant, touchscreen display with 300 nits of brightness. While there are several camera options, this bundle comes with the Logitech PTZ Pro 2 and costs $2,499.

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Microsoft Teams Partner Bundles — HP Elite Slice SRS Bundle with Logitech Brio

The HP Elite Slice Small Room System (SRS), bundled with the popular Logitech Brio, is designed for those seeking a simplified setup for huddle rooms and small rooms. The display has one-touch capacitive controls and can work with customers’ existing audio. It has an optional 5m extension cable to expand room control options. It is a suitable option ($1,879) for those with lower budgets.

Other HP bundles include the Elite Slice G2 with the Logitech MeetUp ($2,649) and the Elite Slice G2 360 audio with Jabra intelligent camera ($2,259).

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Microsoft Teams Partner Bundles — Crestron UC C160-T Medium Room System

The Crestron UC C160T provides secure Microsoft Teams meetings through Crestron’s XiO Cloud service. It has dual-display touchscreens and integrates with IoT-based smart building and AV systems. It costs $6,232.

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