Microsoft Surface Hub is Finally Here
The wait is over. Microsoft Surface Hub is finally here and it’s ready to be shipped. Recent study shows that 54% of meetings include remote participants. There is an 80% increase in mobile workers since 2005. New rooms like huddle spaces being created to encourage collaboration. However, the tools and technology available for groups have not evolved to address the needs of the modern workplace. Microsoft wanted to re-imagine the way people work together and they created a brand new collaboration device that could be as transformative to group productivity as the PC was for individuals.
Microsoft Surface Hub is the first of its kind and delivers an experience that integrates the best of Microsoft hardware, software, and productivity services in a single package. The Microsoft Surface Hub is manufactured by Microsoft’s state of the art factory in Oregon, has its origins in Perceptive Pixel—an industry leader in pen and touch display technology that you might recall Microsoft acquired in 2012. The device is available in 55″ HD and 84″ 4K, has Built-in dual cameras, Integrated i5 and i7 4th generation CPU, includes two rechargeable pens for inking and annotating, Integrated speakers and a variety of stands and wall mounts. Windows 10 is at the core of the Surface Hub’s software, deliberately designed with group productivity in mind. Everything from the welcome screen to key experiences that groups do together, such as calling, white boarding, and connecting content were designed to be simple and intuitive.
The Surface Hub can be a shared device across multiple individuals, so anyone can walk up and use it unlike a PC, where you need to log in and where your data and content is stored. The Surface Hub features versions of Microsoft’s top productivity services like Skype for Business, OneNote, and Office that are optimized for groups and the large screen. These services are integrated directly into the OS for seamless experience, for instance, you can join a Skype for Business call directly from the welcome screen. You can easily share content from laptops, tablets, or phones. With reciprocal touch and inking, your changes will appear on compatible personal devices.
Everyone can see content and contribute equally no matter where they are. Clear sound and high-quality video make meetings great. Since you can easily send meeting notes and content, you can communicate outcomes and action points. The white board offered in Microsoft Surface Hub is by far more powerful and dynamic than any of its kind. Infinite canvas that allows you to scroll, pinch or zoom if you run out of space, Lasso lets you rearrange content as ideas evolve. You can clip content and insights from other apps and annotate it in the whiteboard. Up to 3 people can write simultaneously, side-by-side and remote participants can automatically see the whiteboard, even add their own idea from the other side of the world. As mentioned earlier Surface Hub is powered by Windows 10. This is great because, you can run any Windows 10 Universal App natively from the Surface Hub, without authenticating or needing any other device in the room. You can share any Windows application including desktop apps from your personal device to the Surface Hub. In fact, with touchback and inkback, anyone can walk up to the Surface Hub and control it. Universal Apps can run automatically without new coding needed.
Today, companies are paying more and more attention to the power of the right workspace. Open, colorful, creative and collaboration-conducive workspaces are replacing fluorescent lights, bare beige walls, dated technology, and the dreaded cube farm. Companies want to create environments that reflect their culture, and also do more to stir up creative juices. This means building in more natural meeting spaces: hubs, nooks and touchdown areas that allow employees to collaborate more spontaneously. Microsoft Surface Hub offers a great solution to the need of these companies and allows organizations to unlock the power of groups by upgrading the technology while reducing the cost.