Microsoft introduces Teams smart displays to make remote working easier
Collaborations, connectivity and communication are the new keywords that we will keep hearing as we get used to the new normal. After announcing a slew of new features to Teams video conferencing solution, Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft Teams Displays.
Keeping Microsoft Teams as a hub of all official communications, these new portable displays are designed to be placed on your desk right next to the workstation and offer a hands-free experience thanks to Cortana.
To make the operation and connectivity seamless, these displays offer access to Teams chat, meetings, calling, calendar, and files etc and come with an inbuilt camera, high-quality microphones, speakers and a touch screen display.
A quick glance on the display shows messages and mentions, upcoming meetings and other appointments etc. The interface offers quick access to chat, calls, contacts, calendar, voicemail, and other important things.
Since the Teams Displays are supposed to be used for official communication, they will come with enterprise-grade security features and will also have a physical camera shutter and physical mute buttons to ensure privacy. A secured sign-in using Azure Active Directory credentials and admin portal for managing and updating the devices will also be available.
To add a touch of personalisation, users will be able to change the wallpapers of the display and it can also be locked or unlocked from your PC or Laptop.
The first wave of these devices will include Lenovo ThinkSmart View and another one from Yealink. The ThinkSmart View packs an 8-inch touch screen, full-range speakers, a camera, and microphones. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 chipset and can be paired with the ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth Headset that also comes with a physical privacy switch.
The Lenovo ThinkSmart View will be available in the US later this year and its pricing will start at $349 and at $449 you can also get the ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth Headset along with the display.