Legrand Partners With Microsoft On New Hybrid Conferencing Space

Published: October 18, 2023
Legrand | AV Partners With Microsoft to Create Signature Microsoft Teams Rooms. Photo courtesy Legrand.

Legrand has teamed up with Microsoft to create a new hybrid conferencing space with Signature Microsoft Teams Rooms featuring products from the Legrand, North and Central America portfolio.

Legrand, of course, is a global provider of electrical wiring devices, cable management, audiovisual and lighting solutions. Part of Legrand’s mission is to improves lives by transforming spaces where people live and work through innovative products and solutions that deliver and manage power, light and data. Creating a premium in-room experience with the complete conferencing platform is what the Signature Teams Rooms are all about, says the company.

Signature Teams Rooms: Immersive and Inclusive Spaces for Hybrid Experiences 

Signature Teams Rooms were developed to be immersive and inclusive meeting spaces enhanced for hybrid experiences that can be easily deployed at scale around the world. To implement this vision, either for new construction or retrofits, Microsoft had to develop new equipment and standards. Per a statement, this involved changes to the room layout, furniture, audiovisual equipment and Teams.

Microsoft looked at technologies that could make remote employees feel more included in meetings and help people present in the room feel more connected to those joining remotely. Legrand proved to be a valuable partner because of its breadth of AV infrastructure, building controls, electrical infrastructure, lighting and acoustics solutions.

Legrand Solutions for Microsoft’s Signature Teams Room Showcase Spaces

For these two new showcase spaces, Legrand says it provided key components that helped simplify the typical order, delivery, and integration experience for Microsoft. These include:

  • Productivity and AV solutions from Middle Atlantic and Chief, including the Forum Arc Tables, which ensure everyone physically in the room faces the camera, the Forum Collaboration Suite Display Stand, which is robust enough to support the Jupiter Pana 105 display, and Chief’s Voyager Cart to deliver the Microsoft Surface Hub to any point in the room for better collaboration.
  • Legrand offers a variety of furniture power solutions that supply convenient and configurable power and charging access — including units that install directly into desks, tabletops, and upholstered furniture along with the Evolution Series 8″ Recessed Poke-Thru device for access to power and audio/video services recessed below floor level.
  • Architectural acoustic wall panels from Focal Point provide improved room acoustics for both remote and in-person users while also establishing a cohesive, modern aesthetic with the Forum Display Stand.

These products from Legrand combine seamlessly, ensuring these spaces are inviting and inclusive in design. According to the company, they also accommodate the speed and scalability of deployment required by Microsoft.

Legrand & Microsoft Partnership

John Selldorff, president and CEO of Legrand, North and Central America emphasizes the value of the partnership with Microsoft. Here, he notes Legrand’s expansive product solutions “address a variety of AV and building infrastructure requirements, ranging from leading AV brands to electrical and data infrastructure, to lighting and acoustics.”

Selldorff continues, “Along with market-leading products, Legrand offers a truly global scale to support Microsoft facilities around the world, enabling global room specifications and availability of products anywhere that Microsoft operates.”

He adds, “This partnership and global reach are equally valuable to Microsoft’s customers that are similarly working to specify and deploy Microsoft Teams Rooms in large scale around the world.”

Selldorff then states, “In this post-pandemic era, hybrid workplaces are the future, and in any office, we must consider both in-person and remote experiences. By partnering with Teams, we can combine the technology and breadth of products to design the future of conference rooms to create an exceptional audiovisual experience for employees both in person and remote.”

Sam Albert, principal product manager, The Hive, Microsoft Digital, highlights Legrand’s contribution. Here, he states, “Legrand is a great partner for Microsoft to work with because of the breadth of solutions they offer across the full room deployment. In the design of these specific Signature Teams Rooms, Microsoft Digital collaborated with the Legrand team in a hands-on process led by end-user feedback to create an optimal experience for them.”

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