Microsoft Teams is already hugely popular with 270 million monthly active users, but Microsoft is now looking to expand the reach of its collaboration software even further. The company recently announced the launch of a new “Device Takeover for Microsoft Teams“, which encourages companies to switch to Teams and save money by reselling existing video conferencing equipment.
Microsoft has partnered with Network Value on this program, which will buy back the equipment at competitive prices. This essentially means businesses can save time and money when switching to Teams, as they won’t need to contact recyclers independently to get rid of existing devices.
Network Value does all the hard work and provides a quote based on existing inventory. It’s a simple three-step process, where an IT admin can simply list the devices, get a quote, then ship the devices and get paid. Microsoft mentioned competitive pricing, convenience and global coverage as three key areas of the program. Microsoft has a website where IT admins can check out all the Teams device goodies like cameras, headsets, phones, monitors, and more.
It’s really interesting to see that Microsoft is launching a program like this to encourage more companies to switch to Teams. Although Microsoft said 90% of Fortune 500 companies were using Teams Phones this quarter, it’s a nice boost to attract more midsize businesses — which might not have a lot of resources and money. There’s a chance these companies are also using older technology or competing devices like Zoom Rooms, so it could be a win-win for the Redmond giant.
However, new research from Creative Strategies, which looked at 1,163 US respondents who are currently employed/working, showed that Zoom is very popular for video chats. Apparently, in this survey, Zoom is the primary video solution for most businesses, but Teams is the primary chat solution. The device trade-in program for Microsoft Teams would be a good way to attract more people with Teams Rooms and Teams Phones.