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UC vs MS Headsets, what is the difference?

Posted by HW USA Staff on

Ever wondered what is the difference between UC (Unified Communications) vs MS (Microsoft) Certified Headsets? We'll explain the differences and how you can identify them across the Jabra and Plantronics range of headsets.

What are the key differences between UC (Unified Communications) vs MS (Microsoft) Certified Headsets?

Functionally, the MS and UC certified headsets are almost identical. The main difference lies in the pre-configured settings of the headset.

The MS models are certified for Microsoft Skype for Business (Lync) support Microsoft Skype for Business, right out of the box.  These models support features for answering and ending calls, adjusting the volume and muting without the need for additional configurations or settings. You can simply plug-and-play the headset.

If you or your business is not using Microsoft Skype for Business, choose the standard UC model. Similarly, all the features you see in MS models works with your preferred softphone right out of the box. Just plug-and-play.

How can I tell the difference between a UC Certified Headset and a Microsoft Certified headset across the Jabra and Plantronics range?

The naming conventions used by Jabra is denoted by having UC or MS in the product title:

  • UC Certified: Jabra Evolve 65t UC True Wireless Earbuds 
  • Microsoft Certified: Jabra Evolve 65t MS True Wireless Earbuds 

For Plantronics products these are usually distinguished by whether a product is denoted with an -M after the model number:

  • UC Certified: Plantronics Savi 8220 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless DECT Stereo Headset System
  • Microsoft Certified: Plantronics Savi 8220-M Active Noise Cancelling Wireless DECT Stereo Headset System

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