Microsoft has announced its new approach to enhance and revolutionize office work. The new giant conference room board Surface Hub 2 is due for 2019, and it will use a 50.5-inch multi-touch display and a 4K+ resolution. This board is designed to be more affordable and more versatile when it comes to fit in any workplace to achieve its goal of connecting teams and helping them create.
The new Surface Hub 2 will combine the capabilities of many Microsoft tools such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud. Unlike its predecessor, this new Hub will improve the original Surface Hub’s 1080p 55-inch and 4K 84-inch options.
It will also be equipped with 4K cameras and enhanced speakers with field mic arrays that will allow workers to connect and contact in real time those who are thousands of miles away. Plus, the surface 3×2 ratio will allow everyone involved to have a more comfortable space to work in. This announcement is more than a heads up for businesses it is also a statement that makes clear Microsoft’s powerful Windows 10 software.
— Microsoft Surface (@surface) May 15, 2018
The importance of collaboration across devices
General Manager of Hardware Engineering for Surface Hub Robin Seiler revealed that Microsoft is early on the announcements of the Surface Hubs due to the fact that this particular office bundle has a long purchase cycle, especially this improved version of the Hub, which is built for a more “immersive collaboration.”
Seiler emphasized heavily on the importance of “dynamic and immersive collaboration” since this could be the factor to make a difference from other similar devices. Seeing that multiple co-workers will be able to manipulate the exact same content from different devices. This finally embodies Microsoft’s futuristic vision of a workplace, which was first unveiled on a video back in 2015.
The Microsoft Surface Hub 2 is 🔥 While it's made for the meeting room, or creative office, it's aspirational.
— Daniel Rubino (@Daniel_Rubino) May 15, 2018
In fact, Microsoft’s video ad for the Surface Hub 2 really looks like something out of sci-fi film, since it does give an immense feeling of several futuristic scenarios coming to reality. According to Sieler Microsoft isn’t ready to discuss pricing for this piece of future in businesses but it is estimated to have a price range from the $4000 to $30.000 depending on the model.
Microsoft described this Hub as the coming of the future of collaboration, not only due to the high tech included in here but also because of its growing presence in businesses, Microsoft published in its blog, “We’ve sold to more than 5000 customers across 25 markets. Over half of Fortune 100 companies have purchased Surface Hubs to improve team’s efficiency and how they collaborate – breaking down barriers and creating real business value.”