Microsoft is expanding its Surface Hub product line with the new 85-inch Surface Hub 2S that the company says is designed for improved collaboration and hybrid work.
In a blog announcing the start of preorders for the $21,999.99 collaboration display, the company detailed several ways hybrid work teams are using the smaller 55-inch Surface Hub 2S to connect.
On Surface Hub 2S 85”, we applied the same attention to detail that we give to each product in our portfolio. Except this time, we brought it to a truly massive scale. This new, larger size represents a culmination of years of listening to our customers to better understand their needs.
At more than 85” we have brought customers a larger screen in a smaller chassis than the previous version, with bezels that are 45% smaller, a display that is 20% thinner, and overall 30% lighter in weight than its predecessor. The fit and finish of the product is remarkable, delivering a level of quality that cannot be found elsewhere.
The company also announced the ability to install Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise on the Surface Hub 2S to bring familiar Windows PC features to the display.
Also included are features like browser favorites, the ability to run any app like they would on their PC, and task view that can be synched across other PCs for continuity no matter the device people are working on. This provides great flexibility while having meetings, allowing for standing or even moving around, with the freedom to leverage multiple modes of input from ink, touch, or mouse and keyboard. We’re excited about how this new configuration can help our customers be more collaborative during a time when personal connection is more important than ever.
Microsoft is also rolling out the Windows 10 Team 2020 update in October to bring a more familiar cadence, features and security improvements for the display.
The update is a response to customer requests like full support for organizations using Azure Active Directory, features to help customers configure and manage Surface Hub devices and support for Microsoft Edge and proximity join with Microsoft Teams.
The company also detailed what IT teams need to know about the new Surface Hub 2S before bringing it into their organization.
The display will be generally available in January.