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June 11, 2015

Surface Hub a Big Screen for Big Bucks

Microsoft Expects Companies o Embrace Screen for Conference Rooms

Being the hub of the action doesn’t come cheap.

Microsoft_Surface-Hub-4153_A-1024x683That is if you’re a business and you are investing in the new Microsoft Surface Hub, the touchscreen monitor that can measure 55 inches or 84 inches and will cost $7,000 for the smaller model and $20,000 for the larger screen. The new screens are set to begin shipping this summer and are promoted as the “device designed to advance the way people work together naturally” by Microsoft.

“Microsoft Surface Hub reimagines the meeting experience so that you can unlock the power of the group. You can walk up and join a Skype for Business meeting with a single tap, and share content effortlessly, so that you spend your time connecting to people rather than technology,” Microsoft explained on its site. “And since you can easily send meeting notes and content, you can communicate outcomes and action points.”

The monitors are expected to be a major step forward in terms of how businesses hold meetings, give presentations and inform staff. They’ll likely be found in conference rooms and can be controlled using touch, a stylus or even through voice commands.

The device is already catching the eye of some corporations.  CNet reported customers already expressing interest include Chicago-based law firm Bartlit Beck and SHoP Architects, the New York-based firm that designed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

And Microsoft, obviously, expects big things from the big screen.

Mike Angiulo, corporate vice-president of the Microsoft Devices Group, stated in a blog there’s no doubt Surface Hub will change the way groups work together.

“Just as the PC revolutionized productivity for individuals, we see Surface Hub as a transformative tool for group productivity,” he wrote. “We look forward to seeing how customers and partners apply their own creativity and innovation to this new category.”


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W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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