Back in 2015, Microsoft introduced the Surface Hub featuring a massive smart display in 55-inch and 84-inch sizes. Primarily aimed at business users, the Surface Hub comes with advanced sensors, dual-cameras, mic array, speakers and support for multi-touch and multi-pen. Now, three years later, Microsoft has confirmed that it has been working on the Surface Hub 2, which will be unveiled in the coming months. Also Read - Microsoft Teams will stop working for millions of users todayAlso Read - Microsoft Xbox gaming app coming to your smart TV next year
Surface Hub created an entirely new device category and we re thrilled with the strong momentum we have seen across the globe. We re working on V2 and will share more in the first half of this year, a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge in a statement. Also Read - Tesla chief Elon Musk is now 2nd richest in world, surpasses Microsoft's Bill Gates
Microsoft is planning to unveil the Surface Hub 2 in the first half of 2018, and if we had to guess, the software giant will talk about it at Build 2018 developer conference, which takes place between May 7 and May 9. However, there is no word on when the Surface Hub 2 will be available for businesses to purchase.
Microsoft is also working on a new operating system to upgrade the first-gen Surface Hub devices, and it is also hoping to bring several software features of the Surface Hub 2 to the existing models. The current Surface Hub models are also expected to get Microsoft Teams integration in the coming months.
But why is the software giant pre-announcing the Surface Hub 2 now? I think for enterprises they might want to prep budget allocations. There has been quite a bit of focus from other vendors too on digital boards which gives enterprises an alternative, Carolina Milanesi, a tech analyst at Creative Strategies told The Verge.
The 84-inch Microsoft Surface Hub is priced at $21,999 (approximately Rs 1,430,704), and the company has managed to sell it to more than 5,000 businesses in 25 countries. More than half of Fortune 100 companies own a Surface Hub, the publication reports. This clearly shows the popularity of Surface Hub among enterprise customers compared to any other Surface device.