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Microsoft has announced that Teams Panels for helping staff book meeting rooms will be generally available when we return to the office. In October of last year, Microsoft said that Teams Panels devices were coming from Yealink, Creston, and other partners.

The company has now said that the first of these are generally available. The devices can be mounted outside a physical meeting space and be used to manage reservations, room availability, and booking for nearby rooms.

As companies start office reopening, meeting spaces are going to be busy again, and optimizing how they are utilized, is a priority.

Making the best of space

Teams Panels allow the employees to book an available room instantly and find time slots to serve it, from the panel.

Microsoft says that Teams Panels devices work with several devices that they can be paired with. They include Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub. The company adds that one can add a panel outside of meeting space, allowing the users to schedule for rooms on Outlook or even from the panel itself.

All Teams Panels can be centralized for better updates and monitoring by Microsoft Teams Admin Center.

Microsoft’s new four features

Soon, the software giant is planning to release the following features to support users who want to be physically present in the meetings.

They include:

  • Room Capacity Warning- Uses cameras in rooms to detect when the maximum capacity is reached
  • Nearby Rooms- Employees can view the building floor plan to book another room
  • Room Check-In Notification- Sends messages to in-room displays that people in the next meeting are outside waiting
  • Remove Unused Scheduled Room- Identifies and allows one to remove ‘ghost’ meetings to free up room for meeting slots.