"Employees spend 50% of their time collaborating and non-group tasks have decreased to around 20% of the working day", the company said. The environment around us is shifting - towards open offices, huddle rooms, and team work spaces - in fact, in three years, half the global workforce will be mobile. Surface Hub is an interactive whiteboard aimed at productivity.
The Surface Hub 2 allows the user to rotate the screen between portrait and landscape modes, with a nifty mechanism on the rear facilitating this. This apparently brings it in line with Microsoft's Surface laptops and tablets, which the company says were created to give the look and feel of a piece of paper.
"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. Microsoft's new Surface Hub 2's design is a huge leap forward from the first-gen Surface Hub, and it looks absolutely attractive. Seeing four of the attractive Surface Hub 2s lined up together has undeniable visual effect and will have a profound impact on what groups can accomplish together, allowing users to display multiple pieces of content side-by-side. 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. The original Surface Hub started at $9,000. Microsoft says it has sold over 5000 of the original Surface Hub across 24 markets and believes the more affordable Surface Hub 2 will be an even bigger success. By announcing it almost a year early, Microsoft is possibly aiming to outpace its competition and rope in a few businesses who typically order such devices in advance.
Microsoft says it is testing the new model with select business customers and it will be available to buy next year.
And Microsoft loves their hinges and this device is no different, it can now rotate 90 degrees.