It's not often when Microsoft introduces a product that Apple users should consider and vice versa. This week, the Windows maker revealed two accessories that the Mac faithful should take a serious look at and buy.
The all-new Microsoft Audio Dock and Microsoft Presenter+ were announced this week at the company's latest Surface event. Both products work with Windows and macOS devices and show great promise.
Microsoft Audio Dock
Designed with online meetings in mind, the $249.99 Microsoft Audio Dock provides voice capture and reduced background sound, thanks to its forward-facing microphones. Additionally, built-in Omnisonic speakers are intended to provide premium audio quality alongside its 15-watt subwoofer and 5-watt tweeters.
Not surprisingly, the Microsoft Audio Dock offers compatibility with Microsoft Teams and other online meeting and streaming apps, including Zoom and Google Meet. There's also integrated mute control, a Microsoft Teams button, and more.
The matte-black Microsoft Audio Dock comes with four ports (HDMI, USB-A, and two USB-C) and a power pass-through to keep your computer charged all day.
Try as it might, Apple has been unable to push the Keynote app to the top of the presentation software heap. Instead, Microsoft PowerPoint continues to reign supreme and will probably stay that way forever. The new $79.99 Microsoft Presenter+ works with Microsoft PowerPoint to bring order to any presentation. And yet, because it's integrated with Microsoft Teams, it's also useful for online meetings.
With integrated mute control, the matte black controller lets you present from almost anywhere, thanks to its wireless range of up to 10 meters. You can use the remote to quickly join a meeting and even raise your hand with a Microsoft Teams button. Microsoft Presenter+ is also programmable to enhance presentations and daily discussions. It also uses vibrations as prompts.
Better still, the new product isn't just compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint. It also fully supports Apple Keynote and Prezi.
So stay tuned for a (possible) future review.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.