Microsoft and Cisco Love…

At Ignite, Cisco and Microsoft made some pretty exciting announcements and their interoperability going forward. Those announcements can be seen here. There will be cloud video interop (CVI) that will allow WebEx devices to connect to Teams Meetings, quite handy for those who need to invest in both. There will be the ability to click to join Teams Meetings from WebEx devices as well as the ability to join WebEx Meetings from Teams devices, also quite cool.

What I’m the most excited about, being the Microsoft voice nerd, is the ability to connect Cisco Session Border Controllers directly to Microsoft Teams for Direct Routing in a supported fashion. No more sheepishly telling a Cisco shop that they’ll have to buy AudioCodes or Ribbon to put an SBC in front of their SBC. With this direct option, combined with the ability to disable missed call notifications, dual forking and using Teams as an endpoint for Cisco phone solutions just became a cool reality.

CVI and Meeting Join is expected in Early 2020, and Cisco has joined the Direct Routing certification program, but I don’t see clarity in the article on just when that will happen.