Surface Hub 1, which came in two models, a 55-inch one for $9,000 and an 84-inch one for $22,000. (The outgoing Surface Hub ran "Windows 10 Team", a customized version of Windows 10 Enterprise.) Unsurprisingly, there's a heavy emphasis on collaboration: Microsoft says it's developing an ambient display mode, called dynamic collaboration, that will allow people to log into the Surface Hub 2 using the built-in fingerprint reader and pull their work into a single "collaborative" document stored in the cloud.
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. Over half of Fortune 100 companies have purchased Surface Hubs to improve team's efficiency and how they collaborate - breaking down barriers and creating real business value We believe our customers will love Surface Hub 2 even more.
Microsoft's original Surface Hub was somewhat rudimentary, with Skype and whiteboarding as the go-to apps. Apart from this, Microsoft has also optimized the software for productivity apps like Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, and Office 365.
Last year, Microsoft said that the current generation Surface Hub devices were picking up momentum worldwide.
The Surface Hub 2 interface, as shown in this Microsoft demonstration video.
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And as you can see from the video, it can easily be rotated between horizontal and vertical orientations, and the 4K cameras rotate with the device as well.
The first Surface Hub made it possible to join a meeting or open a whiteboard with one touch and the Surface Hub 2 adds multi-user sign in.
Surface Hub 2 scales and adapts to your space through tiling up to 4 screens together in portrait or landscape view. "The new Surface Hub 2 is sleeker, more agile and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style", explained Panas Panay, chief product officer in a blog. The company hasn't shared any specifications or price, but it won't be available before 2019 - selected customers will test the Surface Hub 2 starting this year.
Seiler said Microsoft will be providing more details about Surface Hub 2 over the coming months.