Teams Rooms on Windows will support cross-platform meetings via SIP

The enhancements are coming in August.

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Microsoft announced a while ago that managers will soon be able to deploy and oversee hundreds of Teams Rooms simultaneously by enabling Autologin and Autopilot, two new enhancements coming to the platform’s Windows version.

Well, you would be surprised to find out that the Redmond-based tech giant still has many things for Teams Rooms on Windows, and many of them will be released this summer.

According to the latest entries to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, three new enhancements for Teams Rooms on Windows will be released this summer: roster grouping, cross-platform meetings via SIP, and room video tile resizing.

Roster Grouping will be useful as Teams will gather all the people using a companion device under the same room node. Managers won’t have to go through each room manually, select participants, and move them to the right room, as the capability will take care of that for them.

When joining a meeting in a Microsoft Teams Room on Windows with a companion device, in-room participants will be grouped under the room node. Participants must join through Proximity Join with Microsoft Teams Rooms.

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The cross-platform meetings via SIP are also quite useful, as it will allow participants using Google Meet, Zoom, or other platforms to join Teams meetings while having a Teams experience. Microsoft says this capabilty will see the other platforms mirroring the native Teams interface.

Joining SIP-based conferencing services like Google Meet, Zoom, Cisco Webex, and others via Teams Rooms offers a seamless collaboration experience, mirroring the native Teams interface. This integration supports features such as 1080p video, dual screen, various layout options, HDMI input, and others contingent on the third-party platform’s in-meeting controls. A SIP calling plan from a CVI partner, currently Pexip, is necessary. This is available for Teams Rooms customers with a Pro license.

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Ultimately, Teams Rooms will also get the ability to re-size depending on the number of participants in the meeting. For example, if there is more than one user in the room, the room video tile will be four times larger than the size of the remote participant tile.

Using people count information, the room video tile is dynamically re-sized in Gallery view. If there is only one user in the room, the video tile will be the same size as the remote participant tile. If there is more than one user in the room, the room video tile will be 4x the size of the remote participant tile. Admins will be available to turn on/off the people count capability.

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What do you think about these changes?

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