Crossover – AV Solutions for Microsoft Teams

Crossover supply and install hardware solutions to bring Microsoft Teams into any size of meeting environment. From a huddle space to a ‘town hall’ event space or conference room, with a single click on a touch panel you can join a Microsoft Teams meeting and enjoy high-definition video and audio collaboration.

If your organisation is adopting Microsoft Teams for videoconferences, meetings and chat, talk to Crossover about how to equip any meeting room, boardroom or conference space with AV hardware compatible with Microsoft Teams for the optimal meeting experience. 

Microsoft Teams – Team Collaboration

As its name suggests Microsoft Teams is aiming to be the main player in the team collaboration market, where currently Slack is leading the field (particularly in the tech and developer industries). Also falling under the unified communications umbrella, Teams combines videoconferencing (taking over from Skype for Business), workplace chat, audio calls, file sharing and file collaboration capabilities.

Launched in 2017, integration with Office365 is a massive selling point for corporations who are also tied in to Microsoft’s Outlook and industry-standard office applications in the Office suite. Teams is included with business and enterprise level Office365 subscription, which has meant a speedy uptake and deployment by large-scale enterprises. With so many businesses using Outlook, it’s very handy to be able to schedule a Teams meeting from Outlook, or share a Word, Excel or Powerpoint and edit and collaborate on the files in the Teams environment – no need to check files out or worry if a colleague has the document open – for a seamless, collaborative workflow.

If you need the AV hardware specified and installed to support Microsoft Teams, Crossover can help. Contact us here.

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Benefits of Microsoft Teams solutions

  • ONE CLICK OPERATION – join meetings with a single click, share content in an instant (either wired or wirelessly)
  • INTUITIVE, UNIFIED END-USER CONTROL – the Teams interface is intuitive to use, and translates across all sizes of meeting space, meaning your team enjoy a common user experience.
  • DEDICATED TEAMS HARDWARE – Having dedicated hardware to run Teams on the back-end avoids the need to connect a user’s laptop into a room’s AV system, and tinker with software and operating system settings to get a call running. Join meetings with a single click
  • ROOM CONTROL – some hardware options for Teams allow integration with a room control system. This could allow you to control the lights or blinds in the room from the same touch panel as you use to control Teams, or have the AV in the room switch on whenever someone enters the meeting room (using a discreetly mounted occupancy sensor and control device).
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Crestron touch panel running the increasingly prevalent Microsoft Teams user interface

Crossover – expert installers of Microsoft Teams and AV hardware for any type of meeting space

The range of hardware solutions that support a Microsoft Teams environment is growing rapidly, with major manufacturers such as Crestron, Logitech and Poly (FKA Polycom) bringing new products to market to support Microsoft Teams in huddle spaces, meeting rooms, boardrooms and event spaces. Here are some of the solutions currently available, which can be supplied, installed and configured by Crossover:

Crestron – Crestron Flex is a range of hardware to support Microsoft Teams in any size of meeting space. You could opt for an integrated VC soundbar solution for medium-sized meeting rooms which features beamforming microphones for fine-tuned vocal pick-up and an integrated Huddly IQ VC camera which auto-frames meeting participants in the room. A stylish 10” touch panel on the meeting room table runs a native MS Teams interface. The brains of the system can be mounted behind the screen, meaning only an Ethernet cable needs to be run to the meeting room table.

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Some of the hardware available in the Crestron Flex range which supports Microsoft Teams in all sized of meeting space

Poly (FKA Polycom) – The Polycom Studio is another integrated VC soundbar solution for Microsoft Teams, suitable for huddle rooms and small meeting spaces. The Polycom Trio 'spiderphone' can also be integrated with Microsoft Teams for audio calls, or used as a USB speakerphone and combined with a VC camera for full videoconferencing. 

Logitech – The gaming hardware giant have been building expertise in the video collaboration market for a while. The Logitech Tap is a versatile touch controller that can operate with Microsoft Teams or other cloud-based conferencing solutions such as Zoom, Skype for Business and Google Meets.

Contact us for more information about incorporating Microsoft Teams into any huddle space, meeting room, boardroom or event space.