When enterprises begin returning to the office — ostensibly sometime later this year — they’ll need access to robust videoconferencing and collaboration systems to help them connect to coworkers, customers and clients that are continuing to embrace remote work.
That’s what Logitech and Microsoft are aiming to do via a new collaboration that the companies say is the industry’s first Microsoft Teams Rooms portfolio on Windows and Android.
According to Logitech, the new portfolio – which includes last week’s announcement of the Rally Bar, Rally Bar mini and RoomMate – is purpose built to support both Teams Rooms on both operating platforms. The videoconferencing bars can be used with Teams Rooms on Windows featuring the computer of the user’s choice, or they can run Teams Rooms on Android directly on Rally and Rally Bar Mini.
“Bringing our customers new, flexible products that enable seamless collaboration for the new ways we work is a major focus for us,” said Sudeep Trivedi, Head of Alliances and Go-To-Market, Logitech. “Microsoft Teams has been a platform of choice for a growing number of organizations. We are very excited to be raising the bar on performance and bringing more deployment choices for Teams Rooms via unique, innovative solutions that set a higher standard.”
Users can easily monitor and manage meeting room solutions from the Teams Admin Center or Logitech’s Sync device management software. The solution a so provides insights into how rooms are being used, including people counting to help enforce occupancy limits.
Logitech’s new devices also come with simplified cable management that makes installation easy.
“Logitech’s latest video collaboration products deliver an elevated experience to Teams users in their meeting spaces.” said Albert Kooiman, Senior Director of Microsoft Teams Devices Partner Engineering and Certification, in a statement.
The Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini are designed for small, medium and large conference rooms and come preconfigured for Teams Rooms on Windows or Android.
According to Logitech, the Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini for Teams Rooms on Windows will be broadly available at the end of the first quarter, and the devices for Teams Rooms on Android will be made available shortly thereafter.