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Sunday, 15 November 2020 19:22

Jabra Evolve range now certified for Microsoft Teams, free firmware for all

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Danish audio brand, Jabra, has announced its entire Jabra Evolve range is now certified for Microsoft Teams via a free firmware upgrade.

This certification represents an important recognition of audio quality in the Jabra business product range, particularly in this remote working age. Office works have been sent home to find whatever microphones and headsets they can. If these are not certified headsets - like the Jabra Evolve range - then dropouts, echoes, noises and distractions will result.

Jabra, part of the GN Group, is known worldwide for its consumer and business headphones, spanning wireless, true wireless and corded headphones. No matter the need, Jabra has a headphone to suit.

The Jabra Evolve series is a professional headset that's sold in the millions since launch in 2014 and is the leading unified communications (UC) headset series for noise cancellation in open office environments. The Evolve series now spans nine models and is present in many offices and homes around the globe.

Jabra's latest Evolve2 range is already certified for Microsoft Teams and includes a dedicated Teams button to interact with the app in one touch. However, the entire Evolve product range will be upgraded with Teams certification through free firmware updates, over the remainder of the year. Users will be prompted to upgrade automatically via Jabra Direct or Xpress.

The certification offers deeper integration with Microsoft Teams notifying audibly when a meeting is starting, or if you have missed calls, and allows you to take action directly from the headset. Importantly, as above, the certification means the headset hits Microsoft’s standards for clear, crisp voice-over-IP (VoIP) communications including microphone and speakers.

Jabra's own research identifies 80% of the time at work is spent collaborating, with one in every three meetings happening virtually, and 38% of meetings joined via mobile. Microsoft Teams, included with the popular Office 365 suite, is the teamwork hub for many businesses bringing chat, meetings, calls and collaboration into one pane of glass.

The certification is being rolled out across Jabra’s existing Evolve Series:
Evolve 80 / Evolve 75 / Evolve 65 / Evolve 65t / Evolve 40 / Evolve 30 II / Evolve 20. It also extends to selected collaboration and call-centric products including the Jabra PanaCast, Speak 750 and Engage 50.

In addition, Jabra's Evolve 75, Evolve2 40, Evolve2 65, Evolve2 40 and Engage 50 also meet the additional Open Office requirement. This is an objective standard that strictly tests the effectiveness of headset microphones at suppressing surrounding noise and office talk. It is only awarded to those devices with top audio engineering, and the Jabra Evolve 75 was the first Open Office certified headset when it was rolled out in 2019.

Holger Reisinger, SVP at Jabra added, “A partnership with Jabra is a partnership for a lifetime. This is why we are making sure our existing customers of our Evolve Series are supported every step of the way as they move to Teams. We couldn’t be more excited to be working alongside Microsoft to ensure our customers get the most of their devices. We believe this transition will help elevate collaboration and concentration efforts for everyday users and businesses alike.”

Albert Kooiman, Director of Microsoft Teams Devices Partner Engineering and Certification, said, “We are pleased that Jabra is expanding their portfolio of devices Certified for Microsoft Teams so customers can benefit from innovations like a dedicated button for Microsoft Teams that make it easy to join a meeting with one click.”

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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