Zoom wants to power your whole hybrid working world

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As many employees will soon be returning to the office after working from home (opens in new tab) over the past year, Zoom (opens in new tab) has announced the launch of a new category of hardware designed for hybrid working (opens in new tab) called Zoom Phone Appliances.

The company's new Zoom Phone Appliances combine the technology behind its video conferencing software (opens in new tab) with hardware from Poly and Yealink to provide users with an all-in-one desk phone solution capable of making and receiving both video calls and phone calls.

Zoom's head of Zoom Phone and Zoom Rooms, Graeme Geddes explained in a press release (opens in new tab) how its new Zoom Phone Appliance program will enable workers to communicate more easily whether they're working from home or back in the office, saying:

“The traditional workplace is evolving and adapting, and our goal is to empower the workforce to accomplish more by blurring the lines between voice and video. The new Zoom Phone Appliance program boasts a selection of purpose-built Zoom Phone hardware from Poly and Yealink, streamlining communications, removing friction, and enabling a powerful communications experience.”

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Zoom Phone Appliances

Unlike a business laptop (opens in new tab) or workstation (opens in new tab), Zoom Phone Appliances are always on and ready for instant communication and collaboration so that workers can easily start ad-hoc or scheduled meetings, make and receive phone calls, check their voicemail and collaborate with others using content sharing and annotation.

This new class of devices also makes things much easier for IT admins as they feature zero-touch provisioning and can be easily managed in one central location through the Zoom Admin Portal (opens in new tab).

While Poly and Yealink are the first hardware partners for Zoom Phone Appliances with the Poly CCX 600 Desk Phone, CCX 700 Desk Phone with integrated camera and the Yealink VP59 Smart Video Phone, others will soon follow with new devices.

Zoom Phone Appliances will be available through Zoom's Hardware-as-a-Service program (opens in new tab) as well as through authorized Poly and Yealink resellers.

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.