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Microsoft launched a number of new products this morning, including some pieces of equipment specifically designed for home living. The headline product is thatFor companies, a productivity-oriented version of the Vanilla Surface Headphones 2.
The main difference? Well, these are certified for Microsoft teams thanks to a number of video conferencing-specific functions. The Surface Headphones 2+ uses a USB dongle for an "absolutely solid connection," as Microsoft states. It also comes with a dedicated team button and synchronized call controls.
You can also connect using Bluetooth, which also makes Surface Headphones 2+ more compatible with devices like smartphones.
Otherwise, the Surface Headphones 2+ For Business are identical to the standard version. They share the same headphone earcup design that includes intuitive dial controls, 13 levels of active noise cancellation, 15 hours of battery life for voice calls, and a matte black finish.
TheFor Business are available now for $ 300, which is $ 50 more than the standard Surface headphones 2.
Microsoft Modern USB-C headset, wireless headset, and USB-C speakers
Microsoft announced a number of non-Surface audio products in the "Modern" line of Microsoft products. The line now includes two headsets (one wired, one wireless) and a USB-C speaker. Again, these are all designed to work from home and solve the problem of taking team calls from your home office.
Like the Surface Headphones 2+, the Modern USB Headset and the Modern Wireless Headset are simple on-ear headsets for answering calls. The design was slightly inspired by the Surface headphones, e.g. B. from the padded ear cups and the knob on the outside of the ear cups. Obviously, the modern USB headset needs a USB connection while the modern wireless headset works through a USB dongle or bluetooth.
These two headsets are also certified for Microsoft teams and have on-ear controls and dedicated team buttons.
Last up is the modern USB-C speaker, a small speaker designed for clear video conferencing, especially with more than one person. It looks like a bluetooth speaker. The only difference is that this one has two omnidirectional microphones that reduce background noise. Microsoft says this "picks up your voice better than your PC alone."
According to Microsoft, the USB-C speaker also has "voice optimization" and is good enough for a five-foot conference room. Like the other products, the modern USB-C speaker also has a special team button and integrated call control.
The exterior is made of fabric and silicone and weighs just 0.4 pounds.
The modern USB headset is $ 50, and Microsoft has not disclosed pricing for the wireless version. Both will be available from June. In the meantime, the modern USB-C speaker will ship for $ 100 from June.
Microsoft also announced the Modern Webcam, a $ 70 1080p camera, and a new Surface Laptop 4 to complete your work from home.