Microsoft announces the new 50.5-inch Surface Hub 2, coming in 2019

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Microsoft has unveiled a second generation Surface Hub featuring a 4K+ 50.5-inch multi-touch display powered by Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud.

The Surface Hub was a insane expensive digital whiteboard that could handle anything from video conferences to document collaboration.

When Microsoft introduced its Surface Hub back in 2015, everyone applauded the idea of having a digital whiteboard in the conference meetings.

"We are still building the device", said Robin Seiler, General Manager of Hardware Engineering for Surface Hub, in a conversation I had with her yesterday. Microsoft also made sure to cut on bezels so Surface Hub 2 has a better screen-to-body ratio.

Microsoft is also enabling users to tile up to four displays, which can be used in portrait or landscape view to enable an extended view. So it'll look and act like one massive Surface tablet. "The new Surface Hub 2 is sleeker, more agile and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style", the company said in a blog post. Seeing four of the lovely Surface Hub 2s lined up together has undeniable visual effect and will have a profound impact on what groups can accomplish together, allowing users to display multiple pieces of content side-by-side. Microsoft's bringing Windows Timeline to the Surface Hub 2 software as well, so users will be able to easily access their files and apps from other devices instantly right from the home screen on the Surface Hub 2. Over half of Fortune 100 companies have purchased Surface Hubs to improve team's efficiency and how they collaborate - breaking down barriers and creating real business value We believe our customers will love Surface Hub 2 even more.

Pricing too, is yet been revealed, but Microsoft promises this is coming "soon". 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.

The Surface Hub 2, which Microsoft will begin testing later this year and ship some time in 2019, is the successor to Surface Hub 1, which launched in March 2016.

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