Microsoft introduces Surface Hub, 7-foot wall computer for your conference room
To change the way group of employees work together and, to transform our conference rooms – Microsoft has launched a giant, flat-panel touchscreen computer dubbed the Surface Hub. The $20,000 Surface Hub is an 84-inch wall computer made for the future of conferencing. It is slated to revolutionize an average conference room into a high-tech room by replacing the age-old video conferencing systems, projectors, whiteboards and other displays for good.
Surface Hub, a computer that hangs on a conference room wall and allows users to plug and play, will be available in two sizes – previously mentioned 7-foot device that’ll cost $19,999, and a smaller 55-inch option for $6,999. The Hub is a system designed with built-in cameras and microphones and has the ability to connect with different smartphones and tablets. It can help make video calls, connect with phones and tablets, facilitate note taking and of course work with a host of apps from the Windows Store.
In the Surface Hub, Microsoft has done a few things differently from the original Surface – coffee-table style computer. The most notable of them all is compatibility with Apple and Google devices. A conferencing system would need to connect with all kinds of devices people use including iPhones, iPads and Android devices; Microsoft has worked out a new Windows version for the Surface Hub to be able to do just that.
Surface Hub will go on pre-order in July and the device will be start shipping in September this year.