Microsoft Unveils the New Surface Hub 2 Whiteboard

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Microsoft has announced the Surface Hub 2, the second generation touchscreen display designed for the modern office.

Today, Microsoft is announcing its Surface Hub 2 with a bunch of new features to silence the competition once again. Up to four Surface Hub 2s can be tiled together in either portrait or landscape mode.

Microsoft's Surface Hub truly an unconventional device. Surface Hub 2 takes the baby steps towards a multiple display thing. Microsoft has clearly listened to customer feedback and is working on making the device more affordable as well. Currently, the only 4K version (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) of the Surface Hub is the 84-inch model.

Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard and Office 365 have all been optimised to run on the interactive whiteboard, and the new Surface Hub 2 also comes with 4K cameras that rotate with the device, along with integrated speakers and far-field microphones.

"Whether the [Surface Hub 2] is on a cart or mounted on a wall, we believe that this flexibility will serve up to scale across all sorts of different use cases", Ryan Asdourian, the Windows and Surface Business Group Lead at Microsoft, told PCMag. But as Microsoft's concept of the workplace has evolved, the Surface Hub 2 will be a key component of what Microsoft now calls the "intelligent edge", a catch-all term for the PCs, phones, and other devices that will interface with the "intelligent cloud" of Microsoft's apps and services, Day said.

The Surface Hub 2 won't be battery-powered, though Microsoft's not saying exactly what technology will power it.

Businesses in need of wall-based Windows 10 devices rejoice, there's a new Surface Hub 2 in town. Four of the massive screens can even be linked together. The company has this time added more robust collaborative tools which can allow multiple users to simply sign in simultaneously through a fingerprint reader and pull up their work onto a single workspace. While we are having a video call with someone, we do not have to shrink their face, but instead, use the full capacity of the Surface Hub 2.

While we don't know very much about it yet, Microsoft showed off the new model's sleek design and shared some information about key features, such as an improved display and portrait mode support. The whole idea of a Surface Hub was to make collaboration and videoconferencing much more efficient.

So far, Microsoft is keeping pricing and technical details under wraps.

Microsoft launched Surface hub back in June 2015.

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