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Surface Hub: Microsoft’s giant screen will make meetings less tedious

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Oh, Microsoft, you do love to surprise us. At the company’s Windows 10 event, which you can read all about here, they introduced a pretty incredible new product for enterprise customers. The Surface Hub, Microsoft’s latest hardware offering, is an 84-inch, 4K display that aims to revolutionize how we interact with one another during those most tedious aspects of business: meetings.

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Featuring a variety of sensors and input options — including cameras, microphones and support for multiple pens and fingers on its touchscreen — as well as that pixel-dense display and a set of speakers designed to fill a conference room, the Surface Hub is Microsoft’s way of making Windows 10 work better for business meetings. It’s essentially a hyper-intelligent whiteboard that connects with Skype for Business to enable real-time sharing and editing of documents. The screen can be set up for a specific meeting, which is then launched with one touch, automatically connecting to the required attendants via Skype and putting the necessary documents or shared content on screen. With a pen or finger, you can manipulate content or draw across it, which will update in real-time for those watching via internet. It’s Microsoft’s attempt to speed up and make more enjoyable (if that’s the correct word) your typical business meeting. And from what the company demonstrated, we imagine there are a variety of corporate customers already throwing their checkbooks in Redmond’s direction.

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There’s no price tag (it’ll be a lot) or release date, but we can likely expect to hear more about the Surface Hub at Microsoft’s Build conference in April.

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