Microsoft officially announces Surface Hub 2 for Businesses

James Marshall
May 15, 2018

We've teamed up with workplace expert Steelcase to create a system of rolling stands and easy-to-use mounts to help Surface Hub 2 customers be truly mobile, gain a new perspective and capture their ideas wherever they do their best work.

A new culture of work is emerging.

After teasing a next-gen Surface Hub in March, Microsoft today took the wraps off Surface Hub 2 via a new blog post by Panos Panay. 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.

But the major change here is the ability to turn the device 90 degrees which makes holding video calls more natural and for when devices are on a cart, it creates an easel-like experience. The company couldn't even confirm if it will ship with a camera included. I eagerly look forward to getting some hands-on time with this hardware in the near future as the promise on paper is encouraging and I can only hope that the device in practice holds up to the high bar the Surface brand has established.

"Surface Hub 2 was designed from the ground up to be used by teams - to get people out of their seats, to connect and ideate, regardless of location".

When I asked Seiler more about the version of Windows 10 that will power Surface Hub 2, she said "Windows 10 is what it's built on", and wouldn't go beyond that.

The gorgeous Surface Hub 2 features a 50.5-inch multi-touch display with 4K resolution. This is a downgrade from the 55-inch display of the low-end predecessor and quite a bit smaller than the 85-inch, higher-end model.

Microsoft has also promised better software support with the new Surface Hub 2. 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. Depending on what you're working on, it's not hard to imagine scenarios in which a portrait display would be easier to work with. Chances are you forgot it even existed.

We started on the journey of empowering teams with the original Surface Hub and the value it provides has resonated with businesses worldwide. All he could confirm was that the pricing would be comparable with "other high-end whiteboards". If you'd like to get your hands on a Surface Hub 2 before then, however, Microsoft will be showing off the new whiteboard at select, now unannounced preview events later this year. When I asked Seiler if users would be able to do this kind of cross-device content sharing with Surface Hub 2, she would only say "you can manipulate content from a variety of devices".

Concrete release date information is also nowhere to be found. Surface Hub 2 will be tested with select customers throughout the rest of 2018, and the company expects to formally release the product sometime in 2019.

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