Microsoft Surface Hub, a new large-screen collaboration device, will be available to order in 24 markets from 1 July.
Designed to help teams interact and collaborate in the workplace, Surface Hub is powered by the new Windows 10 operating system, which will launch on 29 July.
The device has an optically bonded screen capable of detecting 100 multi-touch points and up to three simultaneous pen inputs, allowing multiple users to simultaneously edit content. It also features dual 1080p front-facing video cameras and a four-element microphone array, enabling users to connect with colleagues via Skype for Business, Office 365 and more.
Surface Hub also features built-in wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, near-field communications and a variety of ports for wired and wireless connectivity options, enabling users to connect their personal devices.
“While there are a number of devices designed to improve our productivity as individuals, there has yet to be a device that is truly optimised for a group of people to use together – designed not just for what we need to do, but how we want to work – until now,” said Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices. “Just as the PC revolutionised productivity for individuals, Surface Hub will transform the way groups of people work together.”
Several companies have already committed to purchasing Surface Hub including ALSO, Ingram Micro, Synnex, Tech Data, TD Maverick, Atea, AVI-SPL, Bechtle, CSI Collaboration Solutions, Inmac, Insight, Kelway, Misco, PCM, Red Thread, Telstra and Whitlock.
Surface Hub is available as either a 55-inch or an 84-inch screen, which will retail at US$6,999 and US$19,999 respectively. This September, Microsoft will begin shipping devices to 24 markets including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, US and the UK.
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