Microsoft and partners such as Logitech, Crestron, and Polycom offer a family of technologies that bring the new Skype for Business meeting experience into meeting spaces of all shapes and sizes. Microsoft IT is designing its meeting strategy around two solutions.
The next generation of Skype Room Systems
We are in the process of bringing high quality meetings to the majority of our meeting spaces—including the largest, most complex spaces—with the next generation of Skype Room Systems, which is a scalable, cost-effective way to upgrade an existing meeting space to a full HD audio, video, one-touch-join Skype for Business experience. Microsoft partners Logitech, Crestron, and Polycom have announced new Skype Room Systems, with a broad array of audio / video peripherals, providing many options that fit a variety of rooms and use cases while delivering a consistent, easy-to-use experience.
Start meetings faster
Joining a meeting quickly and without problems shouldn’t be rocket science. Yet for years this simple goal has eluded not just common conference rooms but expensive, high end solutions as well. Joining a meeting quickly remains one of the three top user pain points for enterprise employees.
Hear and be heard
Skype for Business meeting room solutions help ensure high quality audio for both in-room and remote attendees.
First-class remote attendees
Employees often feel like second- or third-class citizens when dialing into a conference call. They can’t see who’s in the room, are left twiddling their thumbs when someone works at a whiteboard, and in-room attendees often forget that remote attendees are even on the call.
Skype for Business meeting room solutions change the game by giving remote attendees a seat in first-class.
Video that’s always on
Microsoft IT meeting studies revealed that meeting attendees rarely turn on video. For this reason, Skype for Business meeting room solutions are designed to start video automatically with preconfigured video devices. When video “just works,” remote attendees benefit from seeing people interacting, and without the help of people in the meeting room. Not surprisingly, Microsoft IT has seen dramatic increases in video usage after implementing Skype for Business meeting room solutions.
Content sharing for everyone
When meeting participants need to collaborate, seeing and interacting with meeting materials can be just as important as seeing and interacting with meeting participants. Skype for Business meeting room solutions make sharing content simple. When employees want to project, Skype for Business meeting room solutions automatically share the projection with remote attendees. Conversely, content shared with the Skype meeting is automatically projected in the meeting room.
Planning large-scale meeting deployments
If you are outfitting not just a single room but tens, hundreds, or possibly even thousands of meeting rooms, choosing the right solution is challenging.
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