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

15 May, 2018, 22:30 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2 with 50.5-inch display

Coming in at 50.5-inch with a 4K+ display, the new Surface Hub 2 boasts a attractive design with tiny bezels that offer an immersive collaboration experience.

With much slimmer bezels, one of the key features of the Surface Hub 2 is called tiling. When the Surface Hub 2 launches, you will be able to attach it to a rolling cart (Microsoft partnered with Steelcase to design the cart) so you could, say, bring the whiteboard from a conference room to a smaller team huddle room and work on a project with your team there. Interested businesses and customers can find out more about the device here. That's a capability that the original Hub offered, too, but Microsoft sees this as one of the understated but important psychological elements to encourage collaboration between remote users.

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. "The new Surface Hub 2 is sleeker, more agile and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style", the company said in a blog post.

We haven't got any concrete specs beyond the Microsoft Surface Hub 2's display size, but we'll update this page as soon as we know more. Dynamic rotation allows you to use the best orientation for your content to help people work in the way that best suits them and the people they are collaborating with. 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. Harnessing the power of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud. That includes a new, thick Surface Hub 2 Pen-one of the new features Microsoft is confirming, though not really explaining.

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In 2018 we will begin to test Surface Hub 2 with select commercial customers.

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't plan to share further details of the Surface Hub 2 until later this year, including the price.

Microsoft is also introducing biometric login support with a fingerprint reader which is designed as a method of enabling two-factor authentication. Instead, it chose to use a prototype desktop device that used Microsoft's cognitive services, and could both see and hear. "We'll have more to talk about [that device] this fall".

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