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Microsoft’s new accessories are designed for our new era of hybrid work

Much of Microsoft’s event in early October was about the new Surface PCs. The company presented changes to the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio line there. But the company also unveiled two new accessories, Presenter+ and Audio Dock, which demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to our new era of hybrid work.

The Presenter+ is sold for 99 euros and the Audio Dock for 289 euros. Both accessories are already on pre-order and will be released on October 25, 2022.

Presenter+ must tilt with Teams users

Woman using the Microsoft Presenter+ cursor in front of two screens

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Presenter+ is a Bluetooth remote control that lets you move around slideshows, mute or unmute, and even capture an audience’s attention with the cursor function.

Of course, the remote works best with Microsoft Teams, with dedicated functions like raising or lowering your hand with a long press on the dedicated Teams button. There is also the option to access your next meeting by pressing the quick access shortcut. Microsoft says Presenter+ also works with other video services, including Zoom.

At $99, the remote’s price is competitive and below the price of the Logitech Spotlight. However, the Microsoft accessories are probably not suitable for everyone, and it is possible to find remote controls of this type for under €50. But if your company uses Microsoft Teams a lot, and you can use the features that suit the service, then Presenter+ might be the solution for you.

See Presenter+ at Microsoft

Audio Dock cleans up your desktop

The Microsoft Audio Dock back shows five ports

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The Microsoft Audio Dock, which sells for €289, is a mini docking station that supports HDMI, with two USB-C ports and one USB-A port. It can function as a microphone, conference and speakers. It is also equipped with a “passthrough” loader for PC. The goal? Clear your desk while delivering premium sound for video meetings, conferences and presentations.

Microsoft says the built-in Omnisonic speakers “deliver premium sound“, and that the two microphones on the front are unparalleled when it comes to noise reduction and sound recording.

See Audio Dock on Microsoft

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