Microsoft Surface Hub 2: A Powerful Tool for Work Space Collaboration

Microsoft Surface Hub 2: A Powerful Tool for Work Space Collaboration

Microsoft's new Surface Hub 2's design is a huge leap forward from the first-gen Surface Hub, and it looks absolutely lovely.

Like the original Surface Hub, the second-gen device has been designed with office collaboration in mind, with far-field microphones built-in for group video conferencing, the ability for different users to login and show their work via a fingerprint scanner, and a software suite optimised for use with Microsoft Teams - Redmond's group chat and teamwork software.

"We are still building the device", said Robin Seiler, General Manager of Hardware Engineering for Surface Hub, in a conversation I had with her yesterday.

The device, which the company announced two months ago, represents the first major update to the $22,000 Surface Hub since it launched in 2016.

The new version of the Hub can rotate from vertical to horizontal positions and can connect to up to three more Hub screens to create one massive display. Within Tiling, the team can boost their creativity and performance via to working simultaneously across Microsoft Whiteboard, PowerBI, PowerPoint, and a full view video call.

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Microsoft says the new Surface Hub 2 is sleeker, more agile and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style.

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. Another new twist with Surface Hub 2 devices is there's an option to put these screens on wheels. More will be coming soon, and you can check out more on Surface Hub 2 by checking here. The Surface Hub 2 has faster processors than the original.

Ultimately, Seiler thinks the Surface Hub 2 is going to make some waves in business, thanks in large part to its flippy-floppy flexibility.

Panay indicated that Microsoft has sold its first-generation Surface Hub devices to "more than 5,000 customers across 25 markets".

Microsoft declined to provide a release date or pricing but said that it'll begin testing the Surface Hub 2 with "select commercial customers" this year ahead of general availability in 2019. Additionally users will be able to combine several Surface Hub 2 devices into one giant display. "It will be available for purchase in 2019".

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