Surface Hub 2 puts a cool new spin on Microsoft's digital whiteboard

Surface Hub 2 puts a cool new spin on Microsoft's digital whiteboard

Surface Hub 2 puts a cool new spin on Microsoft's digital whiteboard

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. If you'd like to get your hands on a Surface Hub 2 before then, however, Microsoft will be showing off the new whiteboard at select, now unannounced preview events later this year.

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. The Surface Hub 2's specially engineered hinge allows it to spin 0 to 90 degrees while dynamically adjusting the orientation of content on the screen.

Almost three years after the launch of the original Surface Hubinteractive whiteboard, Microsoft introduced the second-generation model on Tuesday, May 15. "We'll have more to share in the coming months.". This is a significant step up from the first-generation Surface Hub, which was available in either 1080p or 4K variants.

Microsoft isn't yet disclosing pricing, but Seiler said it would be "in line with similar competitive devices". Surface Hub 1, which came in two models, a 55-inch one for $9,000 and an 84-inch one for $22,000.

"Imagine how much your team could get done being able to work simultaneously across Microsoft Whiteboard, PowerBI, PowerPoint, and a full view video call", the chief product office Panos Panay writes on the Windows blog. Surface Hub is an interactive whiteboard aimed at productivity.

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The Surface Hub 2 won't be battery-powered, though Microsoft's not saying exactly what technology will power it.

Earlier this year a report revealed that Microsoft is working on the next generation Surface Hub and it could be announced as soon as this year. The company even went all out with the Surface Hub three years back and chose to announce a touch screen the size of a blackboard. This device brings out the best bits of the Surface Hub 1 and advances all the parts that needed advancing.

Though the Hub 2 will run Microsoft's Whiteboard and Skype apps, as the first Surface Hub did, Teams will be the centerpiece of the new Surface Hub 2. They can rotate as the Hub 2 rotates from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa.

Surface Hub 2 will also support a new multiuser sign-in feature that is created to further encourage collaboration.

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.

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