Menu
Microsoft reveals Surface Hub, an 84-inch, 4K touchscreen for office collaboration

Microsoft reveals Surface Hub, an 84-inch, 4K touchscreen for office collaboration

Perhaps the best feature? Microsoft says it's solved the pain and friction of simply joining a videoconference.

Microsoft has extended the Surface family of hardware devices with the largest darned touch tablet you’ve ever seen.

Meet Surface Hub, an 84-inch, 4K display that’s designed to end all the heartbreak of starting a videoconference, let alone sharing what’s being presented with remote attendees.

The company wouldn’t reveal a price or release date, but the wall-mounted monstrosity is loaded to the hilt with all of today’s modern bits and bobs.

There’s Bluetooth, motion detectors, a camera, speakers, a microphone, and Wifi. Directly from the home screen, you can make a videoconference call, start a whiteboarding session, and connect to personal devices like PCs, tablets and phones.

In sum total, it seems to be Microsoft’s bid to erase all the friction we ever experienced with Google Hangouts, other videochat systems, and proprietary white-boarding platforms.

And you know that’s an admirable goal if you’ve ever suffered through the Kalfkaesque absurdity of modern office collaboration.

In a brief demo at its Windows 10 event, Microsoft showed how the OneNote app takes over the Surface Hub’s launch screen.

From there, whoever’s driving the meeting can draw directly on the Hub with digital ink; there appeared to be no drawing lag, as promised on stage. Your annotated images can be shared via OneNote or email, putting an end to the barbaric practice of taking a photo of a whiteboard, and then sending that to attendees. (Come on, you know you’ve done that. We all have.)

But here’s the really cool part, the feature I’m most excited about: Microsoft demoed the most seamless meeting-joining process I’ve ever personally seen during all my years of videoconferencing.

Simply tap once to join a meeting, and you’re in. Now that’s supposed to be how it works in Google Hangouts, and even on Skype in Windows 8—but it never really pans out in the real world, does it? So here’s hoping that Surface Hub will finally figure out what should be the most simple “feature” ever.

Once your attendees have joined your Hub meeting, they can see all your digital ink-driven whiteboarding, and you can see their avatars off to the side.

The conferencing engine is Skype For Business, which is designed to take full advantage of the Hub’s large screen and speakers, Microsoft says.

The gigantic touch device can also quickly pair with PCs, tablets and phones in the room, so you can cast content directly from those devices to the large screen. You can also draw directly on the Hub, and the resulting digital ink will reflect back to the screens of the smaller devices.

Once your brainstorming session is over, Microsoft says Surface Hub will share the entire conferencing session attendees, and reset the hardware for the next meeting.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftofficevideoconferencingTabletWindows 10Windows Surface Hub

Brand Post

How to become the best IT MSP

This article provides guidance for managed service providers (MSPs) that want to grow their business. It is also useful for any IT service provider looking to move from the break-fix model to managed IT services.

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the annual Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months.

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019
Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards

Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards

Reseller News hosted its second annual alumnae breakfast for the Women in ICT Awards in New Zealand, designed to showcase the leading female leaders in the industry. Held at The Cordis in Auckland, attendees came together to hear inspiring keynotes and panel discussions, alongside high-level networking among peers. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards
Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News honoured the standout players of the New Zealand channel in front of more than 480 technology leaders in Auckland on 23 October, recognising the achievements of top partners, emerging entrants and innovative start-ups.

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners
Show Comments