Cisco video conferencing hardware is being updated to allow users to set Microsoft Teams as the default video conferencing software, the two companies have announced. Initially, six devices will be certified to work with Teams in the first half of next year, including the Cisco Room Bar (a combined speaker and webcam), the 55- and 75-inch versions of the Cisco Board Pro (a free-standing screen designed for video conferencing) and the Cisco Room Kit Pro.
Cisco’s press release highlights that its proprietary Webex video calling software (which it has paid for) billions for just over a decade ago) isn’t going anywhere. “The devices will continue to support Webex meeting joining with all the features and functionality that customers enjoy today,” the release notes said. But building native support for Teams and making it the default recognizes how many businesses are anchored in Microsoft’s ecosystem and rely primarily on its video conferencing software.
“Customers want collaboration to happen on their terms, regardless of device or meeting platform,” Cisco’s Jeetu Patel said in a statement. In addition to the meeting devices, Cisco peripherals such as the Cisco Desk Camera 4K webcam and two upcoming headsets will also be available with support for Microsoft Teams.