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Reflecting on the Year in Microsoft Meeting Rooms experience and what’s ahead

June 20, 2023 | by Rob Dell

With the end of financial year approaching, it’s essential to reflect on the past 12 months and explore the advancements and changes in technology and in general, that have shaped our lives.

Specifically, the way Microsoft Teams Meeting Rooms have continued to revolutionise the way we work together and what might the next 12 months look like in the collaboration space.

Microsoft Teams Rooms in 2023

The year that just passed brought forth unprecedented challenges, but it also showcased the resilience and adaptability of individuals and organisations.

In the continued wake of the global pandemic, remote work became even more embedded as the ‘new normal’, with organisations worldwide turning to digital tools to facilitate seamless collaboration in hybrid working environments.

Microsoft Teams meeting rooms and Microsoft Teams as an application, developed into a game-changer in this scenario. These platforms have continued to offer a comprehensive and flexible solution for hybrid meetings, enabling teams to connect, communicate and collaborate regardless of their physical locations.

This technology has played a pivotal role in enabling remote work and helping many businesses overcome obstacles. From small teams to large enterprises, these virtual meeting spaces bridged the gap created by physical distance, fostering communication and teamwork.

By leveraging Microsoft meeting rooms, we have been able to help our customers successfully maintain business continuity and adapt to the changing dynamics of the workplace. These platforms empowered not only our own employees, but many of our customers’ teams to work from home, enabling them to balance personal responsibilities while remaining productive. 

They provided a sense of connection, allowing colleagues to collaborate effectively and maintain a sense of camaraderie despite physical separation.

With features like high-definition video conferencing, screen sharing, and real-time document collaboration, businesses can foster productive and engaging virtual meetings, and with the integration of AI-powered features, such as background noise cancellation and live captions, they now further enhance the user experience.

As we step into the future, Microsoft meeting rooms are poised to continue evolving and shape the way we work. Several emerging trends are set to redefine remote collaboration. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will further optimise the meeting experience, offering personalised recommendations and intelligent meeting assistants.

The integration of virtual and augmented reality is another exciting prospect. Imagine a virtual meeting space, where participants can engage in lifelike interactions, making remote collaboration more engaging and immersive than ever before.

Moreover, as hybrid work models continue to gain popularity, meeting room technology will continue to adapt to cater to this new dynamic, providing seamless experiences for both remote and in-person participants, and with advancements in security and privacy features, these platforms will continue to prioritise data protection and ensure a safe and secure collaboration environment.

This year has continued to highlight the significant role Microsoft have played in revolutionising remote collaboration. They have enabled teams to overcome a variety of challenges, fostered productivity, and ensured effective communication during unprecedented times with tools such as Teams, advanced meeting rooms, Viva, and now with the introduction of Co-Pilot.

What’s in store for Microsoft Teams Rooms in 2024?

Looking ahead, these hybrid work and employee experience tools will continue to evolve, embracing emerging trends and technologies. With AI-driven enhancements, virtual and augmented reality integration, and support for hybrid work models, technology will continue to shape the future of collaboration, making it more seamless, engaging, and efficient. 

We’re proud to be a partner in delivering these solutions to our customers and seeing the benefits it can reap, and we are excited to look towards the next iteration of this technology, partnering with Microsoft to continue delivering enhanced meeting rooms, and hybrid work solutions to the workforce.

About The Author

Rob Dell

Rob Dell

I'm passionate about the Modern Workplace, NZ All Blacks, and the Collingwood Football Club. One of my favourite sayings is go and have a look in the room of mirrors where you will find the truth, before you start looking elsewhere. I'm big on teamwork, passion, and desire to learn and grow. You will often hear me saying that we always need to be "changing the paint" at IComm - we are a technology company, so we should be comfortable with change and growth. As the Managing Director of IComm for the last 17 years, I have a strong history of working in the information technology and services industry, predominantly in Unified Communications, and all things Microsoft.

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June 20, 2023 | by Rob Dell

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