Following Zoom’s Announcement Last Month, Microsoft Teams Adds Sign Language, Too

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Last month at Zoomtopia, Zoom integrated sign language interpretation capabilities into the platform; now MS Teams has it too. Sign Language View is a new meeting experience in Microsoft Teams on Windows, Mac and web that helps signers — people who are deaf or hard of hearing, sign language interpreters, and others who use sign language […]

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Ask Dr. Ann: What’s the Best Videoconferencing Software?

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Is there a “best” videoconferencing software? When would you recommend someone use Google Meet versus Microsoft Teams versus Zoom? The “best” videoconferencing software is the one that meets the needs of your organization and users, and too few AV/IT folks take the time to find out what their users truly need. In today’s environment, all […]

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Konftel Launches Konftel Attach, a Series of Video Kits for In-Room PC-Based Systems

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Konftel launched a series of video kits for in-room, PC-based systems called the Konftel Attach. They are designed for Microsoft Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms and more open-based solutions. The portfolio has been specifically adapted for in-room systems such as from Lenovo and Dell. Konftel Attach bundles include conference cameras and speakerphones, accompanied by a long […]

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Yamaha Receives Microsoft Teams Certification for Its ADECIA Tabletop Solution

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Yamaha has received Microsoft Teams certification for its ADECIA Tabletop Solution. Part of the company’s ADECIA family of complete, customizable conferencing tools, the tabletop solution meets the medium-sized room standards that defines the Teams experience. The Yamaha RM-TT wired tabletop array microphone is one of the several standalone microphone options also available in ADECIA, a […]

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Crestron Announces New Flex Phones for Microsoft Teams

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Crestron announced the new Crestron Flex Phones for Microsoft Teams. The Crestron Flex Phones for Microsoft Teams Display provide a dedicated conferencing companion for Microsoft Teams-based collaboration that gives access to channels, chats, files, calendars and all other Microsoft Teams features. The Microsoft Teams Displays also communicate individual and device status across team personnel and […]

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Videoconferencing Is Terrible! So What Can We Do About It?

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OK … put down the pitchforks. There’s a method here. I have had the unique experience of having a front-row seat regarding videoconferencing (VC) over the last 30 years. As I have watched it evolve, I have seen not just WHAT changed but, more importantly, WHY it changed. At the same time, I have also […]

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WolfVision Will Intro Two New Cynap Systems and Multiplatform Web Conferencing Solution at 2022 ISE and InfoComm Shows

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WolfVision announced it will introduce two new Cynap systems and a new multiplatform web conferencing solution at ISE and InfoComm USA 2022 shows. The new Cynap Pure Mini is a BYOD wireless screen mirroring system, providing comprehensive wireless screen sharing for all iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Chrome OS devices onto a central shared screen. […]

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Webinar | The Future of Hybrid, HyFlex and Online Learning is All About AV

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**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. UCC platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet have revolutionized classrooms and meetings. But what about meeting equity? To not consider designing HyFlex spaces, those who join future meetings and classes remotely will feel unequal. They may not participate and could, eventually, […]

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Pexip Announces CVI Availability for Microsoft’s Government Community Cloud High

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Pexip announced it is the first and only Microsoft Teams Cloud Video Interop (CVI) solution available for Microsoft’s Government Community Cloud (GCC) High. Federal customers who have deployed Microsoft Teams in GCC High can now enable video teleconferencing systems to join Teams meetings in GCC High as well. Government agencies with video-calling devices that support […]

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Yamaha’s ADECIA Receives Microsoft Teams Certification

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced ADECIA is now certified for Microsoft Teams. Available immediately, the ceiling microphone and speaker system has passed Microsoft Teams’ tests for medium-sized rooms. Yamaha’s ADECIA conferencing solution is a family of communication products designed to work together to provide a customizable audio solution for any meeting or learning space. The solution […]

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NDI Now Fully Compatible With Microsoft Teams

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NDI is now fully compatible with Microsoft Teams, allowing Teams users access to the full capabilities of NDI 5 enabled technologies for broadcasts, webinars and other video applications. NDI 5 is a high-performance connectivity and control standard that allows NDI devices to operate on a single IP network for ultra-low-latency video production. The NDI Tools […]

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Poly Expands Voyager Wireless Bluetooth Headset Line With 4300 UC Series

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Poly announced the addition of the Voyager 4300 UC Series to its family of Voyager wireless Bluetooth headsets. According to Poly, the Voyager 4300 UC Series is Microsoft Teams certified. It includes a dedicated Microsoft Teams button on the headset that instantly invokes the Teams app and provides visual alerts when a Teams notification occurs. […]

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I Miss ‘POT’ Calls

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Remember way back when, when phone calls didn’t include video? I miss these days. Unbeknownst to my clients — sans the occasional siren or Harley Davidson motorcyclist, there were many, many times where I would jump on a call with them and walk, and walk and walk while strategizing. I loved it. Not only was […]

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Shure Announces Microphone as Microsoft Team Certified

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Shure announced its MXA710 Linear Array Microphone is now certified for Microsoft Teams. The MXA710 joins Shure’s portfolio of Conferencing Solutions already certified for Microsoft Teams, giving installers and end users even more options for their environments. The MXA710 is designed for audio capture in premium AV conferencing environments. Patented Steerable Coverage technology captures audio […]

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AVI-SPL Launches Microsoft Teams UX Services Will Be Co-Delivered With Unify Square

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AVI-SPL announced the launch of Microsoft Teams user experience services to be co-delivered with Unify Square. AVI-SPL and Unify Square are combining their offerings to deliver a global software and managed services package to manage and analyze meeting room usage. “As Microsoft Teams continues to gain momentum at the desktop and in the meeting room, […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

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Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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Zooming Right Along

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Skype, FaceTime and now Zoom. Each of the past several iterations of videoconferencing have a few things in common. First, they became part of the consumer lexicon, becoming verbs, in fact. Second, they became popular because of their use by, and availability to the general consumer. Only Zoom, however, grew at what can be described […]

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Nureva HDL300 Audio Conferencing System Now a Certified Microsoft Teams Room Device

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Nureva has announced that its Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing system is now certified as a Microsoft Teams Room device. After undergoing Microsoft’s testing process, the HDL300 system becomes the first microphone and speaker bar to be certified for large meeting spaces up to 15′ x 28′ (4.5 x 8.5 meters). Powered by patented Microphone Mist […]

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Jabra and HP Team for Microsoft Teams and Zoom Room Certified RBS Bundle

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Jabra announced a UCC-based bundle combining video and audio solutions for meeting rooms in collaboration with HP. The bundle features Jabra PanaCast, a 180 degree Panoramic-4K USB camera and HP Elite Slice room PC for UCC systems. The bundle is designed as a RBS — room-based systems — solution to UCC for video and audio […]

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Microsoft Teams Playing Catch-Up With Zoom; Adds Nifty Custom Layouts, Better Breakout Rooms and Killer Meeting Recap Features

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There’s no doubt that Microsoft Teams has been playing catch-up with Zoom for months; some would argue years. But, this week, Microsoft upped its game by adding a host of features that even Zoom power-users will love. Here’s a summary look at each one: Together Mode:  Together mode re-imagines meeting experiences to help participants feel […]

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Microsoft Follows Zoom and Launches Personal Teams Devices for Homes and Offices

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Microsoft has announced new Microsoft Teams displays, a category of all-in-one dedicated Teams devices (basically a personal Teams touch screen) integrated with voice control via Microsoft Cortana. Microsoft is marketing these as personal workspace devices that integrate with Teams collaboration and communication for your home and small office environments — think of them as personal […]

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Poly Sells 17 Million+ Microsoft Teams Headsets and Stocks 20 MS Teams-Certified Models

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) announced Thursday that it now has the largest portfolio of Microsoft-Teams-certified headsets available, with more than twenty headsets and personal speakerphones certified for Teams. Poly has sold nearly 17 million Microsoft-compatible devices over the last three years. The MS Teams portfolio of certified devices includes the Voyager 4200 Office Series […]

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Plantronics and Poly Now Offer Microsoft Teams Natively on the Studio X Video Bars

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Plantronics and Poly announced Tuesday that the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 video bars now run Microsoft Teams natively. Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 are both now available for order with native Teams running right out of the box. Organizations that have already purchased and/or deployed the Poly Studio X and […]

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Huddly IQ Now Microsoft Teams Certified

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Last week, Huddly IQ became certified as a Microsoft Teams Room Peripheral for small meeting rooms and focus rooms for both Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. The camera is also certified as a Microsoft Personal Peripheral for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. Designed to deliver quality video experiences, Huddly IQ features 150° wide-angle […]

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Plantronics and Poly Have a New Series of Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms

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Plantronics and Poly unveiled a new series of Poly Room Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms Friday. These are the Poly G10-T, G40-T and G80-T. The listed solutions include audio and video tools for users on Microsoft Teams and give IT managers the ability to scale for meeting rooms of all sizes. Teams has more than […]

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Crestron Adds Crestron Flex MX, a New UCC Appliance for BYOD or Native Microsoft Teams, Zoom Rooms

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Crestron’s new Flex MX is a UCC appliance that offers both native and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capability. Crestron Flex MX allows companies to run native Microsoft Teams (UC-MX150-T) or Zoom Rooms (UC-MX150-Z) software or switch to BYOD mode for all other conferencing software. For organizations standardized on Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms, Flex MX delivers those […]

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Microsoft Teams Now Available for Linux

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Starting today, Microsoft Teams is available for Linux users in public preview, enabling collaboration experiences for the open source community at work and in educational institutions. Users can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats here. The Microsoft Teams client is the first Microsoft 365 app that is coming to Linux desktops, […]

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Soon Zoom and Microsoft Teams Will Be Natively Interoperable

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Zoom and Microsoft have worked together to enhance conference room interoperability and simplify how you connect to third-party meetings. How? The companies are collaborating to provide interoperability between both conference room solutions and streamlined meeting experiences. Available in early 2020, Zoom Rooms will be able to join Microsoft Teams meetings, and Microsoft Teams Rooms will […]

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Yorktel Adds Two New Services — Univago Teams Voice Service and Microsoft Teams Gateway Service

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Yorktel will unveil two new services at Microsoft Ignite 2019 that are designed to enhance the use of Microsoft Teams. Both services will be added to Yorktel’s portfolio of Univago Cloud Service offerings. The Microsoft Teams Gateway Service, built on the Microsoft certified Pexip platform, enables companies deploying Microsoft Teams to achieve a fully modern […]

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With T1V HubVC, Your Zoom Room Can Launch a Microsoft Teams or Webex Meeting

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM T1V Last week, I had the opportunity to officially launch (using LinkedIn’s new Live video feature) the new T1V HubVC, a new collaboration board from T1V. You can watch the LIVE videocast here: What’s T1V HubVC? It’s a collaboration board that teams can use to wirelessly share devices, whiteboard […]

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It’s Official: QSC Ships Q-SYS NV, Entering the AV-Over-IP 1G Market and Competing Head-On with Crestron

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QSC says the Q-SYS NV Series (NV-32-H) 1G-based AV-over-IP system (AES-128 encryption) is shipping. As a native peripheral to the Q-SYS Ecosystem, NV Series allows integrators to add HDMI video distribution to an existing Q-SYS system without any control programming. The NV Series video endpoint is software-definable as either a video encoder or decoder. The […]

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