Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2

Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2

The company will start testing the Surface Hub 2 with some of its commercial customers this year, and it will be generally available next year.

Microsoft has announced the Surface Hub 2, the second generation touchscreen display designed for the modern office. "It comes in 3×2 aspect ratio, 4K+ and 50.5" multi-touch display.

You also get 4K cameras (which rotate with the screen), along with integrated speakers and far-field mic arrays to boot, all of which should make video chat and collaboration a streamlined experience.

Microsoft has announced the Surface Hub 2, a brand new interactive whiteboard aimed at helping professionals to work creatively and collaboratively.

Although Microsoft did not reveal much about the specs, the thing that Microsoft shared in the blog post compels us to think that the company is taking computing to a level higher. Microsoft will likely share more information before launch, which is expected sometime in 2019.

"Whether the [Surface Hub 2] is on a cart or mounted on a wall, we believe that this flexibility will serve up to scale across all sorts of different use cases", Ryan Asdourian, the Windows and Surface Business Group Lead at Microsoft, told PCMag.

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

Surface Hub 1's operating system is called "Windows 10 Team" and based on Windows 10 Enterprise, but customized with some features unique to the device. Four of the massive screens can even be linked together. The one on the Surface Hub 2 takes some cues from those on Surface Studio and Surface Book, said Seiler, but is still unique, as it is designed for "dynamic rotation".

The Surface Hub 2 may not be your next PC, but it's one of the key devices in Microsoft's "intelligent edge" strategy.

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Seiler said Microsoft will be providing more details about Surface Hub 2 over the coming months. Rather, the ability to switch from landscape to portrait via a hinge will prove as a huge attraction, according to Microsoft. The whole idea of a Surface Hub was to make collaboration and videoconferencing much more efficient. With the Surface Hub 2, Microsoft's trying to enable what it calls "immersive collaboration", allowing as many people access to the device as possible.

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