Microsoft has announced the Surface Hub 2, the second generation touchscreen display designed for the modern office.
The 50.5-inch display arrives with a better than 4K resolution and, like its predecessor, can be used as a whiteboard, 4K video conferencing screen, collaboration tool, or as a display for presentations.
The screen boasts the standard ‘Surface’ aspect ratio of 3:2, which the company says will give users more space to collaborate on a single display.
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The new model also has a fingerprint sensor enabling multiple users to log in and access their unique documents from the cloud. From there, each person will be able to pull their work into a single document all parties can work on.
Microsoft is also enabling users to ’tile’ up to four displays, which can be used in portrait or landscape view to enable an extended view.
“Imagine how much your team could get done being able to work simultaneously across Microsoft Whiteboard, PowerBI, PowerPoint, and a full view video call,” the chief product office Panos Panay writes on the Windows blog.
The quick rotation comes via a new locking mechanism Microsoft has developed, while the company has also worked with Steelcase to create rolling stands and mounts for the Surface Hub 2.
Microsoft says it is testing the new model with select business customers and it will be available to buy next year.
The company is staying mum on the price, but the original Surface Hub cost up to $22,000 for the 84-inch model.
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