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Microsoft Teams Rooms: Windows Vs Android



Microsoft Teams became the communications and collaboration technology of choice for many businesses throughout 2020 and 2021. Currently, over 330,000 companies use the platform worldwide. As businesses have begun to re-open their offices and invest in video conferencing for meeting rooms, Microsoft Teams must be matched with best-in-class video devices and room systems to ensure meeting quality stays high. This article examines the two certified room systems available for Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Windows and Android.


Windows Vs Android

There are currently two certified room systems available for Microsoft Teams; Microsoft Windows and Android. For a successful deployment of Microsoft Teams rooms, it’s essential to identify the right devices for your meeting spaces and carefully evaluate the functional and use case differences between these two operating systems.


Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows


A Microsoft Teams Rooms system on Windows utilises a dedicated Windows PC that remains in the meeting room. Unlike ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD), a dedicated Windows PC, paired with Teams Rooms certified audio & video components ensures that the solution will meet Microsoft’s performance thresholds.


Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android


A Microsoft Teams Rooms ecosystem on Android utilises a host of different collaboration devices that are all running on Android OS. This is a more recent addition to the Microsoft Teams Rooms system but for many, it has a role to play in modern meeting rooms.

Both of these solutions can solve different organisational requirements, so to make it easier to understand which one is right for you we’ll highlight the key benefits of each.


Why Windows?


Flexibility


There is a greater choice in selecting various audio & video devices across different form factors and price points. Similar flexibility is coming to Android by manufacturers, but at a slower rate.


Large Meeting Room Requirements


There’s a vast range of certified solutions comprised of PC, video & audio and touch controllers designed specifically for large meeting room requirements.


Direct Guest Join


A one-touch experience for joining third party online meetings, allowing Teams Rooms to join meetings on other platforms including Cisco WebEx and Zoom.


Customised Design


There are currently many more choices in camera placement and mounting options that address rooms of varying sizes and configurations.


Unified Platform


The alignment of Microsoft Teams on the Microsoft operating system is very beneficial to a business that uses Microsoft Windows as its standard OS.


Early Access to New Features


The constant development of Microsoft Teams Rooms will give native Windows users earlier access to features like room capacity notifications, white-boarding, casting, breakout rooms, content camera support and others which will be rolled out to Android at a later date.


The layout is available across both single and dual Front of Room displays configurations. This allows you to use this layout for all room sizes with existing 16:9 displays. Since this layout shows more information for effective hybrid meetings, 21:9 aspect ratio and larger size displays can fit all components better


Why Android?


All-in-One Simplicity & Management


There is greater ease of purchasing, installing and managing multiple rooms and sites with all the required software, hardware and connections to the cloud service built into a single collaboration device.


Personal Mode Collaboration


A mode for individual users that use the compact size of some Android devices for an office or remote work environment, allowing them to sign in using the personal accounts and use Teams features such as background customisation and ‘Pin Video’.


Remote Site Enablement


Locations that do not have on-site technical staff will benefit from the straightforward, plug and play installation.


Mixed OS Environments


Businesses with rooms of various sizes and local support resources are empowered to manage all of their Teams Rooms through a single web-based portal, regardless of the underlying operating system.


Cost Efficiencies


Android-based solutions that can be implemented on all-in-one devices eliminate the need for additional components such as a dedicated Windows PC.


Small Space Collaboration


Beneficial for small meeting rooms, huddles rooms and other meeting areas that require fewer components, connections and cables.


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