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    Introducing Microsoft Surface Hub 2S


    Today we joined Steelcase in New York to share our vision for empowering teams and unveiled new details about the Surface Hub 2S product line, introducing the new 85-inch screen size and bringing unprecedented, battery-enabled mobility to the 50-inch collaboration device.



    Our best ideas come from when we’re working as a team – focused, engaged, connected. When Surface started, we were a team of 12 all working together in a secret lab in Redmond. Collaboration was a constant and it was simple – at least in terms of location. Today, we’re a team spread across the globe, working closely with groups across Microsoft not just to build devices, but to create connected and complete experiences.

    Surface Hub 2S is a product built to engage and empower teams by bridging digital and physical workspaces, because how we work continues to evolve every day. Not so long ago, the emphasis was on individual productivity. Today that’s changed – the situations we face at work are more complex and solving them requires a variety of skillsets and knowledge.
    It’s why people are spending more time than ever before collaborating, and why companies are embracing new ways of working together. People see teamwork as critical to their job, but teams are more global and mobile than ever and being in the same room often isn’t possible. Businesses are looking to technology to close the gap – not only across departments, buildings and time zones, but also to connect different work styles and perspectives.

    At Microsoft, we’ve been working on this – empowering people to achieve more, together. We’ve evolved Office into a collaborative suite that lets you work together in real-time from any device. We’ve introduced Microsoft Teams to create one, secure place for teams to access all the tools they need to do their work and added new innovations and enhanced AI to Microsoft Whiteboard. We’ve expanded our Surface family of devices to include not just devices designed for individuals, but also devices purpose-built for teamwork.

    Today, we’re excited to share more about how we’re driving the category forward with Surface Hub 2S.



    Surface Hub 2S – an all-in-one device built for teamwork

    Surface Hub 2S harnesses the full power of Microsoft – Windows 10, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, Microsoft Whiteboard and the intelligent cloud – to unlock the productivity of your team. This new device packs even more performance into a thinner, lighter more versatile design. Forty percent lighter than its predecessor, and with a 60 percent thinner display, Surface Hub 2S fits easily into any space – from a traditional conference room to a compact huddle space. The vibrant 4K+ 50-inch multi-touch display offers an inviting canvas to co-create with the best pen and touch experience and the highest resolution compared to any device in its class. Plus, Surface Hub 2S offers 50 percent faster graphics performance than the original Surface Hub. Surface Hub 2S will start shipping in the U.S.* in June and will be priced at $8,999.99. Surface Hub 2S will be available in the additional Surface Hub markets shortly thereafter.

    Teamwork anywhere

    Surface Hub 2S gives teams the flexibility to come together wherever they work best. It takes something that has long been a fixture in the conference room – the shared screen – and transforms it into a mobile computer, built for teams. Surface Hub 2S offers the thinnest edge and smallest bezels in its class, bringing you closer to your content and your team and integrating seamlessly into any office environment. When paired with the Steelcase Roam Mobile Stand and APC Charge Mobile Battery, Surface Hub 2S creates a mobile collaboration experience that frees teams from the conference room and allows your ideas to be as mobile as you are – no AC power connectivity required.

    Bring remote teams together



    Joining a meeting remotely can be painful. It can be hard to stay engaged when you can’t see the people in the room and the content being shared at the same time. Surface Hub 2S helps make meetings more engaging and inclusive of people working remotely. With built-in Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business integration, you can start meetings instantly with one touch. The large true-to-life screen, enhanced 4K camera, crystal clear speakers and far-field mic arrays help everyone on the team – local or remote – see and engage with the meeting content and each other, making it feel almost like everyone is in the same room together.

    Stay in the team flow

    Too often, great ideas get stuck on the conference room whiteboard and the team’s flow gets broken when the meeting ends. Surface Hub 2S enables teams work digitally all the way through their creative process, with access to the tools they rely on. Easily sign into your Office 365 account to access and interact with the content you need, run must-have Microsoft and business applications natively, and interact naturally with Surface Hub 2 Pen and touch. The Microsoft Whiteboard allows people to collaborate on a shared digital canvas from almost any device so it’s easy to pick up where you left off, keeping teams in their flow.



    New options to meet a variety of business needs

    We know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to collaboration. Businesses require choice, flexibility and control over the productivity tools that help enable teamwork. Over the last several months, we have been listening closely to our customers to deliver tailored options to meet a variety of emerging needs. This includes delivering Surface Hub 2S now, with a modular hardware design that will enable customers to unlock new experiences in the future.

    Later this year, we will also offer Surface Hub 2 Display, for spaces that need a great pen and touch enabled interactive display, without the compute, as well as a new configuration option for Surface Hub 2S customers to run Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise on their device(s) for specialized app scenarios. We’re also excited to announce that we’re adding an 85-inch version to the Surface Hub family. We will begin testing Surface Hub 2S 85-inch with select customers in early 2020.

    We’ve been inspired by how our customers use Surface Hub to transform meetings and collaborate. And we can’t wait to see how businesses across the globe will use Surface Hub 2S to empower their teams to work together in new ways.

    [*Disclaimer: Surface Hub 2S has not yet been authorized under U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules; actual sale and delivery is contingent on compliance with applicable FCC requirements.]


    Source: Surface Hub 2S advances Microsoft's vision to empower teams in today's modern workplace | Microsoft Devices Blog

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    Behind the design: Surface Hub 2S


    If you are following the day’s announcements, you’ll have noticed that in New York today we revealed the first device in the Surface Hub 2 family, the Surface Hub 2S.
    The Surface Hub 2S is an all-in-one collaboration device that’s built for teamwork – delivering a digital meetings platform, whiteboard, and Windows 10 computing experience, all within one device.

    If you are a tech enthusiast interested in going behind the design, you’ll also want to check out our Microsoft Mechanics deep dive, with Dave Kearney, senior director on the Surface engineering team, to get the backstory behind this latest addition to the Surface family.



    As Dave explains, a core design principal for the Surface Hub 2S is its light and mobile form factor that allows you to turn any space into a teamwork space.

    This combined with the custom engineering that went into optimizing for ink and touch as well as for both in-person and remote participant meeting experiences, helps set Surface Hub 2S apart in its category. Also, the modularity of its design, makes Surface Hub 2S more serviceable and updateable than previous versions.

    One note here, Surface Hub 2S has not yet been authorized under U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules; actual sale and delivery is contingent on compliance with applicable FCC requirements.

    Untethered mobility

    The ease by which you can shift the Surface Hub 2S from space to space was a top priority for us during development. We set out to ensure that the device was not only mobile but could be untethered from the traditional conference room. To achieve this, first we partnered with Steelcase to create an optional Steelcase Roam Mobile Stand that allowed for fluid movement when moving Surface Hub 2S from space to space while also ensuring that you can get up close to the device obstruction free.



    Second, as AC power outlets aren’t always located where your team needs to do their work, we partnered with APC by Schneider Electric to build the lithium-ion APC Charge Mobile Battery for Surface Hub 2 to not only help you to power the device while you move it, but keep the device powered while you are using it. In fact, the battery sits in the tray of the mobile stand, allowing for a great integrated design.



    Equally, because Surface Hub 2S, is 40 percent lighter than its predecessor and weighs just under 30 Kg, not only is it easier to move but it’s also easy to mount to a wall.

    Immersive meetings and collaboration

    Like the first Surface Hub, we wanted to make sure that you can just walk up to the device and use it. You’ll notice that we no longer have the large pillars with sensors like the previous Surface Hub.



    An engineering feat in itself, the new Surface Hub 2S uses Doppler presence sensors that fit invisibly into the 15 mm slim bezels, while still optimizing ink and touch. Here we’ve removed layers and reduced the gap between the glass and the LCD underneath making our parallax and image quality even better than the previous generation Hub.

    The three most common user scenarios are on the lock screen – Call, Whiteboard, and Connect.



    You can easily join meetings with one touch and augment your collaboration by signing into the Microsoft Whiteboard app. In fact, you can watch Dave demo awesome whiteboard collaboration along with great new whiteboard capabilities such as “ink grab” for the conversion of analog images into digital ink and also “ink beautification” to make writing more legible here.

    As you collaborate, Surface Hub 2S raises the bar on making meetings more immersive if you are in the room, while helping you to feel less remote when you are not.

    When you engage with the device in person, you’ll notice that the screen, like the rest of the Surface family has a 3x2 aspect ratio, to give you more screen real estate for content creation and editing. At 50”, the PixelSense™ 4K+ display also boasts an anti-glare surface for glare reduction and image clarity.

    As a remote participant, we make meetings feel less remote in several ways. First the camera at the top of the screen comprises a ton of technology and innovation. It’s 4K resolution and 90-degree horizontal field of view means that it can easily capture a group of people huddled around the device without compromise to natural colors and uniform lighting, for a cognitively comfortable meeting experience.



    Then to make remote collaboration as effortless as being in the same room, even in noisy environments, as Dave explains on Microsoft Mechanics, a lot of work went into audio clarity.

    Surface Hub 2S, is designed with 2-way front facing, super wideband stereo speakers and a discrete bass module designed to faithfully reproduce the human voice.



    Then an integrated 8-microphone, full-band array with Beamforming focuses on people speaking in front of the device and not sounds from the sides or back.

    Background noise is then minimized further by processing the audio signal using a new capability called Smart Voice Automatic Gain Control to improve voice clarity.



    The ports

    Surface Hub 2S, has four USB-C™ ports around the display for connecting devices such as removable media or other peripherals, including the Surface Hub 2 camera. Additionally, the back of the device offers a comprehensive array of ports for USB-A, Mini-DisplayPort Video Output, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI Video Input, USB-C™ with DisplayPort Input so that you can attach many mobile devices. Surface devices with USB-C™ can project with touchback using a single USB-C cable. Additionally, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as Miracast with wireless touchback support are also built-in.



    Modular design

    One great bonus design feature of Surface Hub 2S is that it will be fully updatable to Surface Hub 2X available in 2020.* Our modular design allows you to swap out the 2S cartridge with the 2X module when it's available.

    When installed it will unlock previously dormant built-in capabilities. This includes the rotation mechanism that ships as part of every Surface Hub 2S, to light up future features such as multiple tiling, and rotation of the device into portrait mode.



    Surface Hub 2S also ships with a second mic array and third front-firing speaker. These will be activated as part of the Hub 2X update to enable great audio in either portrait or landscape configurations. Further the camera detaches and can be moved to support portrait mode and you can configure the lens orientation to set up the field of view for either portrait or landscape.

    Manageability

    Of course, last but not least, it’s important to point out, our continued focus on making sure that Surface Hub 2S is very easy for you to deploy and manage, it’s managed in the exact same way as Surface Hub 1 with the addition of Surface Enterprise Management Mode or SEMM. SEMM is technology shared across Surface products. This enables you to manage aspects of the hardware at the firmware level. You can more by reading about remote Surface Hub management here.

    Feel free to check out Dave Kearney on our latest Microsoft Mechanics episode, today to see the Surface Hub 2S in action for yourself. You can also learn more Surface Hub 2S here.

    * Surface Hub 2X release timing to be announced. Online update and new processor cartridge (sold separately) required for Hub 2X features; additional fees and requirements may apply. Availability and features may vary by market and over time.


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