Microsoft is a productivity company at its core, and we see this in almost every one of the products it launches. As Microsoft’s Windows 10 event is on its way, the company has expressed how important it has been for it to build products that currently don’t exist in order to improve the Windows 10 experience. The first of two products announced is the Microsoft Surface hub, and it’s bigger than you think.
The Microsoft Surface Hub is a huge 55 or 84-inch 4K display with integrated computing capabilities. It supports multi-touch, multi pen input, and it supports advanced sensors, built-in cameras, speakers, microphones, Wi-Fi Bluetooth, NFC, etc. From the Welcome Screen you can make phone call, call on a white board, or connect personal device to share content to the display. During the event, Microsoft showed us two different user scenarios in detail:
– The Surface Hub detects that you pull its stylus and it activates a White Board based on One-Note. You can move text around, make more space as you scroll the display down, etc, something a typical whiteboard can’t do.
– It supports Windows applications to enable collaboration through the Surface Hub, and allows snapping of the One-Note whiteboard for notes, and even allows you to take app screen shots and slide to One-Note instantly.
– Microsoft made much emphasis on how slow it can be to start a meeting, and how time is lost this way. With one tap, meetings are activated and closed through the Surface Hub. The remote attendees automatically join and everyone can see what’s being written on the Surface Hub automatically through Skype for Business by using the microphones and speakers.
– You can project whatever content you want from any Windows device, but the Surface Hub allows you to control the content from the display, even if the content is still stored on a remote device.
No pricing or dates were provided on the Surface Hub, but it clearly shows us how the original Microsoft Surface of years ago has evolved into a collaboration tool. It seems to be a bit of a concept device at the moment, but we’re excited to see where this goes in the future.
Rithvik Rao contributed to this report.