Microsoft brings inner-office collaboration into the 21st century w/ the Surface Hub 2

Microsoft’s Surface line is synonymous with high-end products. The Surface Hub was initially announced back in 2015, and today we’re seeing an updated version dubbed the Surface Hub 2.

This Hub is designed for businesses who need to work on the big screen and brought along with it both unique features and challenges. The Hub 2 is the next step, giving businesses and coworkers a unique way to come together and create new things.

Through its interesting take on collaboration, Microsoft plans for the Surface Hub 2 to take over conference rooms and design studios alike.

In today’s world, people are working on their electronic devices more and more. Be it through Skype for team communication with telecommuting employees, or showing digital renderings of new buildings and plans.

The Surface Hub 2 is Microsoft’s take on how it expects office communication and work to take place in the information age we currently live in. The software company says this about its latest product, “There is a need for a device built for teams and designed for these new environments. To help people collaborate whether they are in the office, at home, or traveling the world. To move beyond just passing along information, to a world where they are collaborating real-time, in an efficient, and intuitive way.”

This new device was designed to be used by teams, both near and far. The screen is a 4K+ 50.5-inch multi-touch display that can rotate and harnesses the power of Microsoft Teams, Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10, and more.

The far-field mic array, integrated speakers, and 4K cameras mean that you can use the Surface Hub 2 for team communication with colleagues located both close and around the world.

The 3×2 aspect ration means “everyone has more usable space to create and collaborate” according to Microsoft.

This whiteboard-esque massive monitor can even come on a rolling stand to make it even easier to use. The dynamic rotation means that regardless of its orientation, the display will be perfectly easy to use, as seen in the video above.

If you line up multiple Surface Hub 2’s next to each other, they’ll tile together to display content side by side, which gives a super unique take on content and can be really beneficial for larger projects.

Available for purchase starting in 2019, Microsoft plans to start testing Surface Hub 2 with select commercial customers this year. If you’d like to find out more about this business collaboration tool, check out Microsoft’s dedicated landing page here.

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