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

Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2 with 50.5-inch display

Surface Hub 2 will start heading out to customers later this year but only in a small pilot group.

Microsoft says that it will be testing the Surface Hub 2 with select commercial customers later this year, and it will be fully available in 2019. The Surface Hub 2 comes in a single 50.5-inch screen size with a 3:2 aspect ratio, the same as what you get on any of the Surface PC devices. It also has 4K cameras that rotate with the device, integrated speakers and far field microphones.

Microsoft Surface Hub 2 features a sleeker design and is more affordable to fit any workspace or work style.

Panos Panay, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer, said the touchscreen was created to help remote teams work together more easily.

Microsoft didn't talk about the internals of the device, although it's safe to assume that it's been upgraded from the current generations 4th-gen Intel "Haswell" processors.

Microsoft's also introducing a new "tiling" experience with the Surface Hub 2.




Today's most effective businesses have a team-based, collaborative culture and place an emphasis on enabling creativity and productivity.

Time will tell if the Surface Hub 2 can replicate the success of the original Surface Hub, which shipped to 5,000 customers across 25 markets previous year, according to Microsoft.

"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. So it'll look and act like one massive Surface tablet. The original Surface Hub advanced this mission, making it possible to join a meeting or open a whiteboard with one touch.

The Surface Hub 2 won't be battery-powered, though Microsoft's not saying exactly what technology will power it. When asked about the expected pricing, Bleeping Computer was told "Surface Hub 2 pricing will be competitive with other devices in market". Microsoft says that there are 5,000 companies using Surface Hubs, including half of Fortune 100 companies.

Right now, Microsoft is being tight-lipped about the version of Windows 10 and hardware specs being used by the Surface Hub 2.

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. Because two users can log in at once, the Surface Hub 2 will allow two users to collaborate on a project.

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