Written by Rob Quickenden, Chief Technology Officer
At Enterprise Connect this week, Microsoft and Cisco took to the stage again (this is now a serious relationship) and announced that the Cisco Board Pro is now certified to run Microsoft Teams Rooms natively on the device as well as containing of course, the ability to still fully support Webex.
Cisco Board Pro offers advanced AI-powered collaboration features that can now be used in Microsoft Teams meetings for the first time. Organisations can join feature-rich, back-to-back Teams and Webex meetings on the same device from the Teams Rooms home screen – with no reboot or reconfiguration required.
The initial partnership was announced back at Microsoft Ignite in October 2022, where a new look harnessing was unveiled in which Cisco are extending the interoperability of their latest hardware and software portfolio with support and full interoperability with Microsoft Teams, empowering their customers with seamless, connected experiences that can be customised to best suit their needs support native Cisco Webex experience, native Teams experience or both worth seemless meeeting switching without reconfiguration or admin intervention.
With this official certification, both the 55-inch and 75-inch models can be configured at set up to run Teams Rooms as the default experience, allowing their customers to experience Teams’ digital workplace with Cisco’s purpose-built video conferencing hardware.
The Cisco Board Pro joins a list of other devices and peripherals Certified for Teams including the Cisco Desk Camera 4K, the Cisco Headset 320, and the Cisco Headset 720 which I covered in more detail here.
This comes the same week that Microsoft quiet announced the next generation of their Surface Hub devices.
Pricing and availability
- 55-inch Cisco Board Pro RRP: $13,995
- 75-inch Cisco Board Pro RRP: $22,995
- Cisco also offer a good discount to customers who invest in a Cisco Webex Enterprise Agreement.
For the current list of Cisco devices certified for Teams see here.