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Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 was designed from the ground up for teams

By Shawn Knight · 4 replies
May 15, 2018
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  1. Mobile computing is revolutionizing the workforce. By 2020, it’s estimated that 50 percent of the global workforce will be mobile and working remotely. But it’s not just where people are working that’s changing, it’s how they are coming together.

    As Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay highlights, many of today’s most effective businesses have a team-based, collaborative culture that fosters creativity and productivity (it’s why so many tech giants are moving away from separated, cubicle-based environments to open concept spaces). It’s this demographic that Microsoft is targeting with its latest product, the Surface Hub 2.

    Microsoft’s second-gen Surface Hub features a 4K+ 50.5-inch multi-touch display (3:2 aspect ratio) that was designed from the ground up to be used by teams. Panay says the device is sleeker, more agile and critically, more affordable than its predecessor (although Microsoft hasn’t yet revealed pricing).

    The giant screen can now rotate into portrait or landscape mode with ease and can be scaled through tiling up to four screens together for larger spaces. Microsoft has even partnered with Steelcase to create a line of rolling stands and mounts to help make the Surface Hub 2 as mobile as it needs to be.

    Detailed hardware specifications haven’t yet been revealed although I suspect those will be coming in the not-too-distant future. As for the hub itself, Microsoft says it’ll begin testing with select commercial customers this year ahead of general availability in 2019.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,142   +3,564

    Appears to also be in mind with what academia has been crying for, for years. If the resulting "work" on screen can be shared with other non-hub monitors for "observers" it will be a great contribution to work and schools everywhere!
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    Work yes, schools, maybe not. the 1st generation surface hub is $25,000. There's one where I work and it's very cool to use. This one looks WAY nicer at 4K. I would guess it'll be $50,000 at least. If this is in schools it'll be in colleges with a donor plaque on it.
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  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,142   +3,564

    Excellent point. Universities would be the most ideal users, especially those that are teaching some of the high end careers like engineering, chemistry, medicine, and the such; but don't put it into Law Schools, they will just spend their time trying to figure out how to bring suite against the makers, users, and passer by's for whatever reason they can dream up ...... ;)
  5. Evilsushi

    Evilsushi TS Rookie

    It's supposed to be significantly cheaper than the first generation, but by how much I don't know. The smaller one was about $9,000 so less than that.

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