To date in 2020, at least 4,234 higher education institutions and over 124,000 schools have been forced to shift to distance learning models across North America. 25.8 million higher education students¹ and 55 million K-12 pupils² have been affected, each having to quickly adapt to new ways of learning that may be here to stay.
Since the pandemic, remote working has become the new norm and as a result, video has rapidly become a business-critical tool. In the month of March 2020 alone, total video calls in Microsoft Teams grew by over 1,000% while Zoom customer numbers grew by 354% YoY. This shift in the way we communicate has pushed organizations into embracing a video-first culture, along with completely new ways of working. For IT leaders, this means supporting the business by enabling teamwork at a distance and discovering which technology can help boost productivity and collaboration – while keeping employees safe. But before any planning begins, let’s first understand what approach your business will take when transitioning to the next normal.
Originally published by Huddly on June 21, 2020.
Huddly is pleased to announce that Huddly IQ is certified as a Microsoft Teams Room Peripheral for small meeting rooms and focus rooms for both Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. The camera is also certified as a Microsoft Personal Peripheral for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Plantronics, Inc. ("Poly" – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT), a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration, today unveiled the latest addition to their legendary Blackwire line, Blackwire 8225, a premium corded plug-and-play USB headset. Blackwire 8225 combines advanced audio features to significantly reduce distracting background noise, further enabling today's need to work from anywhere.
April 29, 2020: The premium audio brand, EPOS – part of the Demant Group, today announces that its range of wired IMPACT headsets all have been certified for Microsoft Teams, thus offering professionals premium audio solutions to enhance their Teams Experience.
EPOS today announces that its range of wired IMPACT headsets, which were previously certified for Skype for Business, now offer a firmware upgrade to be Certified for Microsoft Teams. EPOS’ IMPACT Line is designed to ensure excellent customer experiences with a portfolio of high-end audio tools that ensure optimal comfort, easy call handling and rich, natural sound – all while reliable, intelligent technologies filter out unwanted noise, enhance audio and boost efficiency.
The certification update for Teams delivers all of the previous benefits of Skype for Business certification and adds enhanced functionality in Teams, allowing users to receive notifications and instantly jump to the notification in Teams. The existing green call activity LED light on the headset now offers notifications for missed calls, voicemails or meeting start. By pushing the call answer button, users will invoke the application, which brings them directly to the relevant notification: Missed calls, voice calls or meetings.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has kicked remote work into high gear, and while some companies have been prepared for this shift, many have been blindsided. As a result, we are receiving an influx of inquiries around what is the best headset for working at home.
The following is a note from Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro, originally posted March 5, 2020.
With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, teams everywhere are moving to remote work. Earlier this week, I posted a letter from Lily Zheng, our colleague in Shanghai, detailing her team’s experience using Microsoft Teams to work from home during the outbreak.