Microsoft Brings 84-Inch Megascreen to Meeting Rooms

Redmond is bringing touch where itEUs never been before -- at least not in the enterprise world. Microsoft just announced two versions of its megascreen Surface Hub collaboration device aimed at the business market.

The 84-inch Surface Hub, sporting a $19,999 price tag, and the 55-inch priced at $6,999, will roll out in 24 markets beginning on July 1. The company relied on touch and ink innovations to deliver Windows 10, Skype for Business, OneNote, Office and Universal Windows apps to the megascreen Surface Hub to drive what it calls a EUnew kindEU of productivity geared toward groups.

EUWhile there are a number of devices designed to improve our productivity as individuals, there has yet to be a device that is truly optimized for a group of people to use together -- designed not just for what we need to do, but how we want to work. Until now,EU said Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices.

A Revolutionary Hub?

Microsoft is betting Surface Hub will be revolutionary. Essentially, itEUs an oversize, cloud-connected Windows 10 device with a user-friendly interface thatEUs designed for groups. Anyone in the group can walk up to the Hub and share ideas.

HereEUs how it works: A welcome screen invites you to use features like a white board. You can initiate a video conference or share content. You can tap into Windows apps to display real-time business data in meetings and use various business tools to drive your points home. The idea is to help decision-makers leave meetings with the compelling, relevant facts.

The center of the experience, of course, is the touchscreen. Surface Hub can detect 100 touch points of multitouch and up to three pen inputs at the same time. The machine is also equipped with dual 1080p front-facing video cameras, and a four-element microphone array...

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