Microsoft Launches Surface Hub 2

Surface Hub 2

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Microsoft says that it will be testing the Surface Hub 2 with select commercial customers later this year, and it will be fully available in 2019. The 50.5-inch Surface Hub 2 trades the outgoing model's 16:9 aspect ratio for 3:2, ups the resolution to "greater than 4K", and reduces the weight to between 55 and 77 pounds, which is lighter than the first Surface Hub.

Users of other Surface devices, like the Surface Book or Surface Pro, will notice that the display on the new Surface Hub 2 has an aspect ratio that matches the one on those devices. Per the blog post Microsoft posted today, it can tile up to four screens in portrait or landscape, rotate them or roll them around on the custom Steelcase stands.

Microsoft didn't talk about the internals of the device, although it's safe to assume that it's been upgraded from the current generations 4th-gen Intel "Haswell" processors. Surface Hub 2 takes the baby steps towards a multiple display thing.

And Microsoft loves their hinges and this device is no different, it can now rotate 90 degrees. 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 We believe our customers will love Surface Hub 2 even more. Presumably the Surface Hub 2 still doesn't provide means to actually log into the operating system itself.

Up to four Surface Hub 2s can be mounted alongside one another, or a single hub can be placed on a rolling easel. Companies can line up four Surface Hub 2s together to get an incredibly lovely experience across all the Surface Hub 2s.

Dynamic Collaboration is a new feature that lets two team members actively collaborate on the same project at once using one Surface Hub 2 device.

Though the Hub 2 will run Microsoft's Whiteboard and Skype apps, as the first Surface Hub did, Teams will be the centerpiece of the new Surface Hub 2. This device brings out the best bits of the Surface Hub 1 and advances all the parts that needed advancing. We were told to expect more information about Surface Hub 2 in late summer/early fall. 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.

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

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