In a previous blogpost the ability to join Webex meetings directly from Microsoft Teams Room for Windows was discussed. Since then, Microsoft has released version 4.6.20 which includes direct guest for Zoom Meetings (Preview) as well. In this post we take a look at the experience of joining Zoom meetings directly from Teams Room for Windows (MTR). While this is currently in preview, the actual release should be coming in the months ahead. With the ability to join both Webex and Zoom meetings directly from an MTR system, the need for USB pass-thru BYOD feature is significantly reduced as Teams, Zoom and Webex form the vast majority of online meetings conducted in the world today.
There are some simple configuration steps on the MTR's resource mailbox account that allows the device to recognize Zoom and Webex meetings which was already described in the previous blogpost and hence there's no need to repeat it here. Since we have already done it in our tenant, we simply send our MTR a Zoom meeting and a Webex meeting invitation and within a few moments they will appear on the home screen as shown below:
To being our Zoom meeting we simple click on the Join button and now the MTR controller will display the meeting subject with some meeting controls at the bottom bar. The display will show the video participant. Note that neither Zoom or Webex meetings that the MTR joins will utilize dual displays at this time. Refer to the below picture for a basic meeting with a single Zoom participant and the MTR:
One of the interesting capabilities is the ability of the MTR to display the chat window on the right side of the display. The MTR itself cannot send any chat messages but it can show messages that are sent to the meeting's group chat by other Zoom participants as shown below:
As with Webex meetings, there is also the capability to toggle on the button on the bottom left of the MTR controller labelled as 'Show meeting on this device". This will mirror the MTR's main display onto the MTR's touch controller as shown below:
Finally, sharing content from a Zoom PC client works well with the content taking up most of the display and the video participants shown in smaller windows on the right:
This summarizes the Direct Guest Join for Zoom meetings (preview) on MTR for Windows. It is expected that more features will be added in the future that will likely further reduce the need for additional components for USB Pass-through BYOD.
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