On June 10th, Poly announced the First Zoom Rooms Certification of Poly’s native portfolio of video conferencing solutions along with the following announcement of Studio X certification for Native Microsoft Teams on June 16th. This is impactful because this makes Poly the only vendor to have certification on both Zoom and Teams, meaning that enterprises have the freedom to choose between vendors without the hassle of having to change their hardware. Poly is innovating quickly with its solutions and I suspect the company could play a big part in collaboration devices as we hash out what the future of work looks like.
These last couple of months have met business owners with unknowns and uncertainty. We know that the future of remote and hybrid work environments is here to stay. As employees begin to return to the office, some will remain remote. Many companies are giving their employees options to stay working remotely and even sending out surveys to understand what percentages have this desire. One question arises from this: how can remote workers stay connected and have a good collaboration experience with employees in the office without physically being there?
With this new launch, these devices will be the “first Android-based appliances that have native Zoom Rooms, Poly Studio X30, Poly Studio X50, and G7500 video conferencing devices” that are managed by Zoom Device Management (article). ZDM is Zooms mobile device tool that allows you to control actions from your enrolled devices from the Zoom portal, creating a seamless connectivity experience. With this Zoom certification, the Poly Studio X family combines with G7500 create a great audio and video experience that includes features such as conversation tracking, NoiseBlockAI, and Acoustic fence technologies that will block out outside noises and distractions. Together, Poly and Zoom create a secure experience for users that enables them to have seamless collaboration. Poly is the only company that has native video, voice, and headset solutions specifically for the Zoom portfolio.
One of the most exciting Poly features is Poly Lens. With this feature, you can look into your collaborative environment of Poly devices and manage all of the devices across an organization. Currently, you can manage video bars, headsets, Trios and soon desk phones.
Microsoft Teams partnership
In the last couple of months, MS Teams has seen much growth “from 32 million active users in early March to 75 million active users by April” (MS update article). Last week, Poly made an addition to its Microsoft Teams device portfolio with the certification of the Studio X family. This means you can order Studio X30 and X50 with native Teams already running when you take it out of the box. A couple of prominent features are Proximity Join, Meeting AI, Acoustic Fence, and Poly Lens.
With Proximity Join, you can join any meeting from a meeting space from your personal device using the Microsoft Teams app. You can also share content directly through the Teams app on your own device. This means no bundle of cords to rifle through and creates a seamless collaboration experience. The audio-conferencing experience also got better with the addition of Poly NoiseBlockAI and Acoustic Fence. The two audio features redesigned to keep out distracting noises during your meeting. MeetingAI tracks speakers in the room and keeps the visual focus on the person speaking.
All in all, it is good to see Polys new line of video and audio-conferencing devices certified with both Zoom and Teams. Having the ability to get Poly devices with pre-installed Native Zoom or Microsoft Teams will be helpful to enterprise customers as they navigate videoconferencing collaboration solutions as they future of work is changing. You can also access other platforms such as Blue Jeans, Webex, and 8x8 through this tool. Nobody else in the market currently offers this multi-mode option. With the future of work looking more and more remote, it is great to see more enterprise collaboration offerings that are integrated with the platforms like Teams and Zoom.
Note: Moor Insights & Strategy researchers and analysts may have contributed to this article.