Microsoft Launches Surface Hub 2

Jo Lloyd
May 15, 2018

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

As Microsoft said it would do this year, it announced the Surface Hub 2 today, the next iteration of its popular business collaboration computer. It has 4K cameras that rotate with the device, integrated speakers and far field mic arrays as well as the standard Surface 3×2 aspect ratio.

Another nifty addition to this year's Surface Hub is the fact that it can be employed in the portrait orientation as well, unlike the previous one which was restricted to a landscape position.

Do you remember the Surface Hub? Surface Hub 2 takes the baby steps towards a multiple display thing. It's a solid, interesting concept, though as a wired device it can't be as mobile as Millennials are.

Microsoft's Surface team is obsessed with hinges. Surface Hub 1, which came in two models, a 55-inch one for $9,000 and an 84-inch one for $22,000.

Under the hood, the Surface Hub 2 runs Microsoft 365, an enterprise software suite consisting of Windows 10, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Security, Microsoft Teams (Microsoft's Slack-like group chat app), and Microsoft Whiteboard. I eagerly look forward to getting some hands-on time with this hardware in the near future as the promise on paper is encouraging and I can only hope that the device in practice holds up to the high bar the Surface brand has established. This device brings out the best bits of the Surface Hub 1 and advances all the parts that needed advancing. Microsoft says that there are 5,000 companies using Surface Hubs, including half of Fortune 100 companies. Hanging from a conference room wall or specialized stand, previous models were created to be used in landscape mode.

When I asked Seiler more about the version of Windows 10 that will power Surface Hub 2, she said "Windows 10 is what it's built on", and wouldn't go beyond that.

Microsoft is targeting the Hub 2 at work, rather than play. Using multi-user sign in, multiple people can authenticate in the same Surface Hub 2 workspace, allowing them to simultaneously access their documents and ideas, merging them with the ideas of their teammates - and making collaboration as natural as meeting at a whiteboard.

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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