ISE visitors flocked to experience the first worldwide public showing of Microsoft’s brand new Surface Hub digital team collaboration device, with its 84in 4K or 55in 1080 display.
“Surface Hub combines Microsoft hardware, Microsoft 10 OS and custom versions of Microsoft productivity services like One Note in an integrated package,” commented Andrew Stillman, director of product marketing for Microsoft Surface Hub, during the show.
“At ISE, we want people to experience the product in its natural environment. Visitors can experience a creative collaborative space, a reimagined conference room, a workshop space for hands-on data visualisation and an executive office, to give people a sense of how it might be used for collaboration. Attendees can get a hands on demo of some of the key experiences that make Surface Hub different to anything else out there.”
The Surface Hub, which is touch and ink bi-directional, is designed for cross-platform connectivity with mobile devices through either wired or wireless connection depending on the features of the device in question.
It can be used informally as a digital whiteboard, which supports smooth digital ink content which can then be saved to OneNote and shared. It can also work as a more complex remote collaboration surface where digital content, including whiteboard and various apps such as Powerpoint and Skype for Business, can be viewed on-screen side by side, annotated, saved and shared.
“Surface Hub is not publicly available until later this year, but people are excited to find out when they can buy it as it provides a beautiful and intuitive experience,” concluded Stillman.