Cisco will be fully certified for Microsoft Teams rooms and devices, here are the details
Well, I didn’t see this coming, but it makes sense for all parties, and most importantly, the customers. Cisco will become a partner in the Certified for Microsoft Teams program for the first time.
For those who don’t know, before I was deep in the Microsoft UC world, I worked for a Cisco partner, one of the originals that launched Call Manager. I cut my VoIP teeth on Cisco before doing more and more Exchange UM and OCS and then moved to the Microsoft UC side.
In the first half of 2023, Cisco and Microsoft will soon offer the ability to run Microsoft Teams Rooms natively on Cisco Rooms, certified for Microsoft Teams. For these devices, customers will have the option to set Microsoft Teams Rooms as the default experience. Similar to other device manufacturers in the Teams ecosystem, they have the option to run in Zoom mode or Teams mode. This isn’t just an improved join experience.
In Teams mode, these will be full Microsoft Teams rooms running on Android. Rooms will also have an improved Cisco Webex joining experience, launching a Webex client to join a Webex meeting rather than just instantly joining guests directly. After the Webex meeting, the room will revert to the standard Microsoft Teams room experience. Cisco has no Windows-based devices, so all devices will be Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android.
All certified devices will be manageable in the Teams Admin Center and the new Teams Rooms Pro management portal, as well as through Cisco Control Hub device management.
Which Cisco devices will be certified for Microsoft Teams?
Cisco will initially certify 6 meeting devices and 3 peripherals, with apparently more to come.
Will there be a charge/license to run Cisco devices in Microsoft Teams mode?
No, there will be no additional charge for running Cisco devices in “Team Mode”. This question is often asked because there is a charge to migrate Cisco IP phones to the standard SIP firmware that is required to run those phones signed up to the Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway.
Will Cisco IP Phones be certified for Microsoft Teams?
There are many Cisco phones and many customers who would like to leverage their existing investment in Cisco IP Phones with Microsoft Teams. In theory, those phones run Android and could run the Teams Phone software, but there’s no news or comment on that, and I don’t expect it to come anytime soon.
Have a question or thoughts? Let me know.
Cisco landing page for Teams devices: https://www.webex.com/solutions/microsoft-teams-rooms-cisco-devices.html
Cisco press release: New partnership brings Microsoft Teams to Cisco meeting room devices
Microsoft press release: New partnership brings Microsoft Teams to Cisco meeting room devices
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