As calls and online meetings have increased, Microsoft has worked on continually improving our features and services to help you collaborate across teams, create clarity and maintain the human connection that went from the hallways of work to digital spaces. To complement the calling experience in Teams is a robust portfolio of Teams phones designed for the places and ways you stay connected.
The first USB phone certified for Microsoft Teams will be available this month, the Yealink MP50. This PC peripheral gives users a phone experience with a dial pad and handset that is plugged directly into a PC or docking station without complicated set up. While connected to Teams, the USB phone frees up your PC screen for other tasks while the device can take on the call.
Affordable phones with hardware buttons – launching Q1 2021
We have teamed up with partners Audio Codes and Yealink to release a line of phones with a non-touch display and hardware buttons. These phones will provide support for core calling functionality in Teams at an affordable price point. They will be available for purchase in spring of2021.
Since the first Teams phones came to market in 2018, we have added various options to our product portfolio to expand form factors, features, and experiences our devices can deliver. The Microsoft Teams phone app is brought to life with our OEM partners, Yealink, Audiocodes, and Poly. Together we bring best in class user experiences like sidecar support, redesigned home screen UI, and enterprise grade security and management.
The Teams display is the newest category of collaboration experiences brought to market by our first partner, Lenovo. Now available on the ThinkSmart View, the Teams display integrates Artificial Intelligence and Cortana into your collaboration experience, creating the first intelligent companion device in market. Leverage voice activated commands with Cortana to quickly place a video call to your collaboration partners and rely on an informative ambient display which brings to your attention your personalized notifications and alerts.
Device as a Service
We are excited to announce that Teams certified devices, including the phones above, will be available for monthly financing through the Teams devices marketplace in the US starting in November. Users can add products to their shopping cart and with qualifying orders, be eligible for two or three year payment plans. This way what would have been an initial high investment can be broken up into smaller payments and redirected to other priorities customers may have. Shop today at the marketplace! More countries to come in 2021.