Legrand Partners with Microsoft to Built Pre-Configured Signature Microsoft Teams Rooms Systems

September 26, 2023

Legrand and Microsoft have announced a partnership to create a new hybrid conferencing space with Signature Microsoft Teams Rooms featuring products from Legrand, North, and Central America. The Signature Teams Rooms are all about creating a premium in-room experience with the complete conferencing platform. Signature Teams Rooms were developed to be immersive and inclusive meeting […]

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MS Teams, Zoom Room Solutions With Biamp UCC-Lenovo TSC Now Shipping

June 22, 2023

Complete Microsoft Teams Room and Zoom Room Solutions with Biamp UCC-Lenovo TSC started shipping today. Biamp partnered with Lenovo to deliver a compute device that enables Biamp to offer complete conference room solutions. Add smarter collaboration technology to meeting rooms of all sizes with the Lenovo ThinkSmart Core and Controller Kits. ThinkSmart Core Key Features: […]

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Microsoft and Cisco Announce InfoComm 2023 Session on the Hybrid Workplace

May 23, 2023

Microsoft and Cisco will join InfoComm 2023 to discuss advancing the hybrid workplace through the latest collaboration technology. This session adds to the wide-ranging program focused on conferencing and collaboration at InfoComm, which includes more than 40 education sessions, leading solution providers across the trade show floor featuring expert-led tours, and much more. On Wednesday, […]

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Cleo Adds Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP Integration

April 12, 2023

Cleo announced Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP integration. Cleo’s two solutions dovetail with Microsoft’s recent investments in its enterprise and mid-market ERPs, namely Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management (SCM). As Microsoft aims to accommodate customers’ increased expectations of agility in business operations and continued growth in direct-to-consumer (D2C) business […]

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Microsoft Teams Adds New Security, Compatibility with Cisco, Embeds New Features and Debuts Partner Solutions

March 28, 2023

Through collaboration with its partners, Microsoft is using the new version of Teams Rooms to lighten the load for IT teams who have to manage numerous BYOD (bring your own device) rooms. As promised, native Microsoft Teams Rooms experiences are now available on Cisco’s video technology — a portfolio of Teams-certified devices by Cisco covering all workspaces. Cisco […]

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AVI-SPL Earns Advanced Specialization for Microsoft Teams Meetings and Meeting Rooms

March 17, 2023

Demonstrates enterprise-grade services for planning, deploying, and managing Teams environments on a global scale. AVI-SPL, a leading global provider of digital enablement solutions and Microsoft Managed Partner, today proudly announces it has achieved the Microsoft Advanced Specialization for Microsoft Teams Meetings and Meeting Rooms. This advanced specialization validates AVI-SPL’s exceptional skill and proven success in […]

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Lenovo Announces ThinkSmart View Plus Microsoft Teams Personal Collaboration Device

March 6, 2023

Lenovo just announced the ThinkSmart View Plus running Microsoft Teams display, a standalone (personal) collaboration display with audio, video and whiteboarding features. The smart collaboration solution is purpose-built for hot desking, phone booths, executive desks and home office use cases. In addition, Lenovo just launched the IP Controller for collaboration spaces as well as the […]

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Why MTR With Front Row Looks So Bad

February 7, 2023

During the pandemic, Zoom made a fortune. The company could do no wrong, even when it did — like in 2021 having to pay an $85 million fine to settle claims that it lied about offering end-to-end encryption and in 2020 when it accidentally used its Chinese servers to generate encryption keys. The number of […]

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Why Swim With Sharks When You Can Sound Off With Orcas

October 24, 2022

Filmmakers Adam May and Amy Zimmerman created an immersive HoloLens experience (called Critical Distance) to tell the story of a threatened orca and her pod. Orcas, stuck with the historical name “killer whales,” are mammals and the largest in the dolphin family. They are apex predators, able to hunt in “packs” and known as killers […]

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AVI-SPL Is Now a Microsoft Managed Partner

September 7, 2022

AVI-SPL announced today that it has become a Microsoft Managed Partner, enhancing its role as an “end-to-end lifecycle management solutions provider for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams Rooms.” Less than 1% of the 400,000 organizations in the worldwide Microsoft Partner Network earn Microsoft Managed Partner status. To be selected as a Managed Partner, AVI-SPL “consistently demonstrated […]

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Appspace Announces New Integrations With Microsoft

July 11, 2022

Appspace announced the launch of Appspace for Microsoft. Appspace integrations claim to enhance Microsoft’s capabilities and work from inside the Microsoft apps customers know to deliver an improved time to value and ROI. The partnership connects Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Viva with modern intranet and employee app solutions. Organizations can now integrate company content and […]

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AVI-SPL Named a Finalist for 2022 Microsoft Surface Hub Partner of the Year Award

June 28, 2022

AVI-SPL today announced it has been named a finalist for the 2022 Microsoft Surface Hub Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. AVI-SPL holds Gold-level competencies for Cloud Productivity, Communications, Collaboration and Content, and Project and Portfolio Management. […]

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Salamander Designs Adds New Products to List of ‘Designed for Surface’ by Microsoft

May 31, 2022

Salamander Designs announced the addition of several additional products to the growing list of Salamander Designs’ products that have been designated “Designed for Surface” by Microsoft. Additions to the group include the Salamander Wall Stands, Mobile Carts and Mounting Adapter Kit that support the 85-inch Microsoft Surface Hub 2S. Also included is a new Salamander […]

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AVI-SPL Earns Gold Level Cloud Productivity Competency from Microsoft

February 10, 2022

AVI-SPL announced that it has earned the Cloud Productivity competency from Microsoft at the Gold level. Microsoft Gold competencies demonstrate best-in-class capabilities within a specific solution area. As a Gold Cloud Productivity competency holder, AVI-SPL earns new benefits and support from Microsoft to meet the growing demand for cloud productivity solutions that fuel the modern […]

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Carousel Digital Signage Integrates With Power BI for Business Analytics

July 12, 2021

Carousel Digital Signage has added business analytics to its Carousel Cloud software through integration with Power BI, Microsoft’s AI-powered data visualization toolset for enterprise businesses. Power BI integration allows Carousel Cloud users to create and share business information across corporate digital signage networks, empowering executives and workers to make data-driven decisions that drive strategic actions. Power BI provides users with a business intelligence […]

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Shure Announces Microphone as Microsoft Team Certified

May 14, 2021

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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Work Today Sucks — and Microsoft Just Proved It

April 16, 2021

Microsoft just completed its “2021 Work Trend Index: Annual Report.” And parts of it are frightening. While the world debates the future of work after the pandemic, this Microsoft report mainly zeroes in on the state of work today. This survey was conducted by among 31,092 full-time employed or self-employed workers across 31 markets between […]

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Embed Signage Offers ‘Secure Integration’ With Microsoft Power BI

March 3, 2021

Embed Signage has launched what the company is calling “secure integration” with Microsoft Power BI. Power BI is a data visualization platform from Microsoft that allows businesses to connect and visualize data from over 120 different sources such as Dynamics 365, Azure SQL Database, Salesforce, Excel and SharePoint. Users of Embed Signage are now able […]

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Securing AV: The SolarWinds Attack of 2020 (Actually 2019)

February 15, 2021

For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure, and cyber-physical security. While most Americans are still processing the recent attack on the United States Capitol building, many cybersecurity researchers and professionals believe the real […]

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What’s Next for 2020-21? Learnings from SYNNEX’s Latest of the LAVNCH Days

October 9, 2020

Thursday marked the third of the SYNNEX COLLABSolv LAVNCH Days (if you need reference material as to what those are, find some previous coverage here), and this event in particular promised to cover a topic at the forefront of all our minds: hybrid connections. What are they? What do they look like in our homes? […]

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“We’re Also an Audio Company,” Says Microsoft

September 30, 2020

From “Hey, Cortana” to cloud-enabled interactive sound for HoloLens to Windows Sonic (Windows 10 comes with support for virtual surround sound), Microsoft invests heavily in research on audio. And the company is convinced the ProAV market fails to recognize this. They have a point here. Did you know speaker detection technology developed by Microsoft researchers […]

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

July 30, 2020

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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AVer Announces Certified Video Collaboration Solutions for Microsoft

June 12, 2020

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM AVer INFORMATION INC. AVer has announced a collaboration focused on creating videoconferencing technologies that work with Microsoft software. AVer Video Collaboration Solutions for Microsoft will be a complete line of AVer USB videoconferencing products developed and certified with Microsoft Teams in mind. These AVer products will feature HD cameras, […]

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Microsoft Teams Now Available for Linux

December 18, 2019

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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Cisco, Microsoft Teams and Zoom Will Be Totally Interoperable by Mid-2020!

November 12, 2019

By Chris Mcintyre-Brown Associate Director, Futuresource Consulting As video conferencing solutions proliferate, remote working continues to rise and the number of inter-company video conferences increases, a lack of system interoperability has become a major pain point for many users. Internally focused video conferences are less problematic, as everyone is familiar with their system of choice. However, once […]

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Soon Zoom and Microsoft Teams Will Be Natively Interoperable

November 7, 2019

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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Sharp Ships Windows Collaboration Display With Microsoft Skype for Business

October 29, 2019

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced it’s shipping the world’s first Windows Collaboration Display (WCD) with Microsoft’s Skype for Business certification. The native 4K 70-inch is integrated with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins to monitor collaboration spaces. The Sharp Windows Collaboration Display is marketed as the world’s first large-format interactive display to achieve […]

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Zoom Is the Apple of AV, Cisco Is Microsoft and Poly Is Motorola

October 16, 2019

I had this thought back at Zoomtopia 2018, but after Zoomtopia 2019, it’s clear: Zoom is the Apple of the AV industry. Zoom is what? All of the eyes in AV were looking at Zoom yesterday. If you don’t believe me, look at the social stats of tweets and LinkedIn posts about Zoom Video Communications, […]

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Everyone Was Wrong: Microsoft Surface Hub 2S Is Real — And a Surprise Accessory

May 29, 2019

Microsoft actually launched the Surface Hub 2 right after running out of the first version — on May 15, 2018 — yes, over a year ago. But, since then, crickets. What followed was a host of chatter from both WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) hardware manufacturers as well as from a plethora of the AV press […]

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Introduction to Windows Collaboration Displays

March 15, 2019

Presented by Joshua Peterson of Avocor at the 2019 Almo Professional AV E4 Experience On June 2018, Microsoft announced a new category of interactive displays that extended the PC desktop experience to room scale, while bringing IoT sensors into meeting room environments. These collaboration displays bring a unique mix of capabilities and benefits for multiple room designs […]

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CTOUCH Launches a Collaboration System for Microsoft Teams

February 4, 2019

CTOUCH entered the UCC market with a collaboration system for Microsoft Teams called Leddura 2Meet Teams. Following up on their Leddura 2Meet Skype for Business back in 2017, CTOUCH aims to make the transition to Microsoft Teams collaboration easy. The integrated system allows you to draw, meet, share and book a room directly on a […]

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Windows Collaboration Displays by Avocor Debut

September 26, 2018

Avocor today introduced the first Windows collaboration displays featuring touchscreen, Windows 10 and Microsoft 365. The first Windows collaboration displays by Avocor will ship in December of 2018. Avocor says they worked with Microsoft to create a single-cable solution that connects a Windows PC to the display. It allows for immediate control of the camera […]

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