Microsoft's giant Surface Hub displays for business customers has done well and the company is now showing off the next generation of this product. Seeing four of the handsome Surface Hub 2s lined up together has undeniable visual effect and will have a profound impact on what groups can accomplish together, allowing users to display multiple pieces of content side-by-side. The new Surface Hub 2 is a massive 55-inch 4K collaborative display meant to replace mundane, old boards in corporate conference rooms. It has 4K rotating cameras, speakers and the far-field microphone arrays Microsoft has been pushing (for Cortana).
The screen can also easily be rotated between portrait and landscape depending on the content being viewed. Robin Seiler, Microsoft's general manager of hardware engineering, said that the main point of the new Surface Hub is on productivity. Sporting a new look and shedding the thick bezels of its predecessors, the device offers users new placement options, including a four-screen video wall configuration that creates an expansive canvas for Power BI dashboards, PowerPoint presentations and virtual meetings.
The Surface Hub 2 interface, as shown in this Microsoft demonstration video. Microsoft will likely share more information before launch, which is expected sometime in 2019.
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The company is staying mum on the price, but the original Surface Hub cost up to $22,000 for the 84-inch model.More news: Ireland's Sam Bennett wins stage seven of the Giro d'Italia
Of course, it was designed with Microsoft apps in mind, including Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365 and Windows 10 - it's not clear how other platforms will work beyond simply Skyping in.
The Surface Hub 2 won't be battery-powered, though Microsoft's not saying exactly what technology will power it. The displays use the same 3:2 aspect ratio as the Surface mobile devices. "That's why Microsoft today is announcing Surface Hub 2, designed from the ground up to get people engaged - to get out of their seats, create and dynamically collaborate as a team, regardless of location". While we are having a video call with someone, we do not have to shrink their face, but instead, use the full capacity of the Surface Hub 2.
Yet, if there's one thing that Google's Chromebooks demonstrated easily it's that the educational sector is ripe for targeting by tech companies if they keep prices in check.
Seiler said Microsoft will be providing more details about Surface Hub 2 over the coming months.