Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows vs Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android | What You Need to Know

In the dynamic world of IT, collaboration and communication tools have become the backbone of modern workplaces. Microsoft Teams Rooms (MTR) has emerged as a leading solution, offering a seamless meeting experience for workplaces everywhere. Previously, there were significant differences between MTR on Windows and MTR on Android, with Windows being the more easily supportable platform. However, recent developments have meant that the Andriod version is starting to catch up. In this blog post, we will compare Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows and Android, highlighting the key factors that differentiate them and how these differences have evolved.

(1) The Major Differences

Historically, there have been some notable differences between the two platforms. Microsoft themselves chalked the differences up to technical feasibility and customer feedback for the two platforms, ultimately saying that Windows was a more popular option for many consumers and therefore had been prioritised for updates. Previously, Windows offered superior supportability and remote support options, while Android struggled to provide the same level of ease and compatibility. However, recent updates and improvements have bridged the gap, enabling Android to become a more viable option. Currently, some of the major differences include more availability for meeting engagement, device controls, and collaboration tools for the Windows platform. While this makes it sound like Windows is still in the ‘lead’, we can see that both Windows and Andriod have features setup that their alternative does not. For example, Windows is compatible with the Surface Hub while Android is not, but MTR on Android is compatible with the Microsoft Whiteboard App while Windows is not.

(2) MTR on Android

The current experience with Android Rooms is that they are easier to deploy, making them an attractive choice for organisations seeking simplicity and efficiency. While in the past only Windows had the capability for features like wireless sharing, dual screen monitoring, and control interface, these are now offered for Android, along with many other features. Moreover, they are better suited for higher-density, small to medium-sized rooms, which aligns with the evolving trend of hybrid working environments that don’t seem to be going away any time soon. These updated features, ease of use, and cheaper deployment make MTR Android a strong contender over the Windows alternative.

(3) MTR on Windows

While Android has made great strides, Windows still maintains an edge when it comes to advanced MTR features. Windows rooms easily adopt advanced functionalities such as multi-camera setups and specialised audio requirements. This makes Windows MTR an excellent choice for businesses already utilising Windows-based MTR rooms and looking to expand their capabilities. Further, customers that have specific security or management policies for network devices will be better suited to MTR Windows because of its ability to connect to more complex room configurations. Its robust security features and seamless integration with existing Windows infrastructure provide peace of mind for enterprises with more rigid compliance requirements.

(4) Get to the Point Already!

So, now that they are on more of a level playing field, which platform is better? Android is now better suited for new MTR users with smaller, simpler spaces, providing cost-effective solutions for organisations focusing on efficiency and ease of deployment. On the other hand, Windows MTR remains the optimal choice for larger, more complex spaces, especially for businesses already utilising Windows MTR rooms, requiring advanced features, or having specific security and management policies. Ultimately, the decision between Windows and Android MTR platforms should be based on the unique needs and requirements of each organisation. By carefully evaluating the size and complexity of meeting spaces, as well as the desired functionality and security considerations, IT professionals can make informed choices to optimise collaboration experiences within their organisations.

As technology continues to advance, it is crucial to stay updated on the latest developments and enhancements in the Microsoft Teams Rooms ecosystem, ensuring that your organisation’s collaboration solutions align with evolving business needs. Both Android and Windows options are great platforms that we highly recommend to our clients. To stay up to date with more of the latest trends in IT and workplace management technology, you can head to the resources section of our website. Or, if you’re looking to update your own business’s meeting room technology you can contact us today to see how we can help.

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