Monday, 17 December, 2018

Microsoft Launches Surface Hub 2

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Theresa Hayes | 15 May, 2018, 19:17

We've teamed up with workplace expert Steelcase to create a system of rolling stands and easy-to-use mounts to help Surface Hub 2 customers be truly mobile, gain a new perspective and capture their ideas wherever they do their best work. "Employees spend 50% of their time collaborating and non-group tasks have decreased to around 20% of the working day", the company said. Soon some cheaper options have arrived on the market, like Google Jamboard and Samsung Flip. Microsoft says that there are 5,000 companies using Surface Hubs, including half of Fortune 100 companies.

With much slimmer bezels, one of the key features of the Surface Hub 2 is called tiling. Microsoft has also added the same muscle wire technology into the Surface Hub 2 so it can seamlessly change orientation from portrait to landscape and vice-versa. So it'll look and act like one massive Surface tablet. The device will enable businesses to take advantage of all Microsoft's core business applications such as Teams, Microsft Whiteboard, Office 365 and to name a few with the power of Windows 10. Microsoft's bringing Windows Timeline to the Surface Hub 2 software as well, so users will be able to easily access their files and apps from other devices instantly right from the home screen on the Surface Hub 2. 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. Multiple (up to four) Surface Hubs can also be tiled together in portrait mode for "undeniable visual effect" and enabling teams to get work done across Microsoft Whiteboard, PowerBI, PowerPoint, and a full view video call. The original Surface Hub started at $9,000.

This feature is a truly magical experience.

Immersive Collaboration provides us with the life-size video conferencing.

Microsoft says the device will be available for purchase next year. By announcing it almost a year early, Microsoft is possibly aiming to outpace its competition and rope in a few businesses who typically order such devices in advance.