Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 wants to jazz up your boring office


This device brings out the best bits of the Surface Hub 1 and advances all the parts that needed advancing.

Tiling is one of my favorite features on Surface Hub 2.

Following on from the first-generation Surface Hub, which we must say we haven't seen in many United Kingdom offices though Microsoft says it has flogged the Hub to more than 5,000 businesses, the Surface Hub 2 is one flashy looking device. Companies can line up four Surface Hub 2s together to get an incredibly attractive experience across all the Surface Hub 2s. Microsoft has also added the same muscle wire technology into the Surface Hub 2 so it can seamlessly change orientation from portrait to landscape and vice-versa.

Microsoft has also promised better software support with the new Surface Hub 2.

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Windows 10 on the Surface Hub 2 is also getting a massive update from the looks of things. Called Surface Hub 2, the device will come with a 50.5-inch display and 3:2 aspect ratio.

The new device will be tested with select commercial customers before being made available for purchase in 2019. The device has been a quiet success in the business world, with Microsoft selling devices to over 5,000 companies in 25 countries, including more than half the Fortune 100.

Redmond isn't revealing many technical details about the new Surface Hub 2 as of yet, but the essential details are being disclosed today - including our first ever look at the device.

Microsoft showed off this concept years ago in one of its futuristic "envisioning" videos. Using multi-user sign in, multiple people can authenticate in the same Surface Hub 2 workspace, allowing them to simultaneously access their documents and ideas, merging them with the ideas of their teammates - and making collaboration as natural as meeting at a whiteboard. When mounted on a wall, up to four Surface Hub 2s can be daisy-chained, allowing them to function separately, or project a cohesive picture that straddles more than one Surface Hub 2. Because two users can log in at once, the Surface Hub 2 will allow two users to collaborate on a project. "We'll have more to talk about [that device] this fall".