Microsoft gave an early look at its next-generation Pave Hub 2 today. It will go on sale next year, with certain first-rate customers testing it this year.
Microsoft’s Surface Hub, its conference office computer, was something of a surprise hit. The system has been in short supply since its discharge about three years ago, especially in its 84-inch version: its combination of video conferencing and whiteboarding liberates it a collaborative tool with few direct competitors.
The central feature of the new combination is that it’s a 50.5-inch 4K display with a rotating mount. In place of of the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, the Surface Hub 2 has the same 3:2 correspondence of Microsoft’s other Surface systems. Need a larger screen? Up to four Materialize Hub 2s can be tiled together in either portrait or landscape mode. The bezels are much narrower to assign this kind of tiling. Even with this much smarmier look, it still contains speakers, a far-field microphone array, and a camera.
Microsoft is also lecture a complaint we’ve heard a few times about the first generation—its lack of portability—and is partnering with Steelcase to exploit an official line of rolling stands and mounts. Surface Hub 2 will incorporate improved software, supporting multiple user sign-ons, making it calmer to access private documents to use them collaboratively.
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