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Cisco Focused on Taking Hybrid Work Experiences to the Next Level


If there’s one company that believes in the Future of Work and technologies' ability to transform those experiences, it's Cisco. The company has been focused on helping businesses build a hybrid work infrastructure that helps them to achieve their business goals. From greater connectivity to increased collaboration and fortified security - it combines digital intelligence using AI and machine learning to optimize work experiences no matter where employees are based.

Recently, the company showed off its newest collaboration devices for Microsoft Teams and announced the new Cisco Table Microphone Pro. This digital and multi-directional table microphone is perfect for hybrid workspaces and includes a number of audio interoperability advancements so the needs of hybrid workers are being met while also being easier for IT teams to manage.

"The future of work is now and it's hybrid, which requires a truly exceptional and inclusive experience that's not confined by location, device, or meeting platform," said Jeetu Patel, EVP and GM, Security & Collaboration, Cisco. "Cisco is bringing true audio intelligence to its best-in-class devices and software with interoperability, flexibility, and security."

When it comes to Microsoft Teams, one of the highly used collaboration platforms in business today, it's extending the ability for users to get the same value even while working in a flexible, hybrid environment. By partnering with Microsoft, it was able to build a new solution that’s currently in Beta and that will deliver immersive, intelligent and inclusive meeting experiences for enterprise customers and partners.

The new offering is expected to be certified and available for Cisco Board Pro, Room Bar, and Room Kit Pro in March 2023.

Cisco and Microsoft customers will be able to run fully-featured Microsoft Teams and Webex meetings natively on their Cisco devices, while leveraging advanced device management and analytics in Control Hub.

The new Cisco Table Microphone Pro offers advanced audio intelligence capabilities. It only picks up in-room participants' voices with high precision using four built-in microphone elements. The microphone also offers advanced noise cancellation for a variety of workspaces – from huddle rooms to large conference rooms and custom AV deployments.

Cisco has also extended its video and device interoperability to enable seamless, IP-based integration with third-party audio systems. It supports the AES67 standard for reliable, low-latency audio interoperability and provides customers with cost-optimized integration with Cisco collaboration bars, room kits, and integrated room systems.

Audio equipment manufacturer Shure is the first partner Cisco is supporting with seamless integration into the company's microphones including the MXA920 Ceiling Array or MXA710 Linear Array.

"The new generation of IP-based audio interoperability between Cisco and Shure provides flexibility and seamless collaboration to future-proof video conferencing environments and provide end users with world-class audio experiences," said Brian Woodland, Vice President of Global Business Development at Shure. "Customers invested in the Shure Microflex Ecosystem can leverage easy manageability, pristine quality, and plug-and-play compatibility with industry-leading Cisco video collaboration endpoints."

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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