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Surface Hub 2 Coming in 2019, Looks Amazing (arstechnica.com) 62

Microsoft gave an early look at its next-generation Surface Hub 2 today. It will go on sale next year, with certain selected customers testing it this year. From a report: Microsoft's Surface Hub, its conference room computer, was something of a surprise hit. The system has been in short supply since its launch about three years ago, especially in its 84-inch version: its combination of video conferencing and whiteboarding makes it a collaborative tool with few direct competitors. The central feature of the new system is that it's a 50.5-inch 4K display with a rotating mount. Instead of the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, the Surface Hub 2 has the same 3:2 ratio of Microsoft's other Surface systems.

Surface Hub 2 Coming in 2019, Looks Amazing

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  • "Looks amazing" (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Type44Q ( 1233630 )

    Looks amazing

    Considering the manufacturer of said product, looks are about all we can hope for.

    • Microsoft just repackages screens made in Korea. They used to do this in Wilsonville, Oregon, but are moving all production to China. And, truth be know, most Microsoft hardware is fairly decent. The biggest problem with the 84 inch Surface Hub was the 200 point weight; it meant in addition to spending $25K for the screen, you had to spend another $25K reinforcing the wall in your conference room to hold it up! The silliest thing about the Surface Hub 2 is the suggesting that people will join 4 of them toge
  • This is Mucrosoft. This mrans that in a year it will loook completely different. Could be a beeper that just shows you ads.

  • Frist post! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by WallyL ( 4154209 ) on Tuesday May 15, 2018 @12:46PM (#56615466)

    I realize every couple of years somebody markets something like this, that never quite lives up to its hype. But, every time, it gets us a little bit closer to Star Trek!

    • You mean, to us all being assimilated into the MS^H^HBorg Collective?

      • That reminds me... what ever happened to the Bill Gates Borg icon for MS stories?

        • *points back*

          Over there, right next to the tin and pine and slackware and small ISPs and a buzzfeed free internet and tech sites managed by technical people.

          *sighs*

        • Given all the MS astroturfing the site has lately, I'm guessing the new owners were afraid MS would fire them.

          It's ok, I still see bill borg when I see MS and do not for a minute believe they are even slightly less evil than they used to be.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I've used most conference room systems and I can say matter of fact that this one is the best. Nothing else even comes close really. From the initial setup, through use and then even when closing up things it is just better in every way. Calling it revolutionary doesn't even do it justice.

    • It turns out that you can make some sales by solving people's problems instead of just spending all your time trying to trick/bludgeon them into using your Internet browser and search engine.

      Imagine that!

      • It turns out that you can make some sales by solving people's problems instead of just spending all your time trying to trick/bludgeon them into using your Internet browser and search engine.

        Yeah, and once you've got them hooked, then you try to trick them!

    • by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Tuesday May 15, 2018 @01:25PM (#56615718)

      A conference room system features:
      A Video Camera: Which most people want turned off because seeing people talking on the screen isn't helpful, plus you want to mute and turn off video on yourself and your team so they can discuss issues privately. Also the Video gets in the way of a screen shot or a presentation.

      Some Sort of Smart Board features: Either a stylus or touch interface. All seems good, until you realize most of the presenters don't know how to use it, save the data or in order to have it seen by everyone in the meeting it is high up so it is difficult to reach.

      These things are a wast of money.

      Just get a good size TV (Get a 4K if you feel like it, but most of the time you will lower the resolution to 1k or below so people can see the text) Have cords to plug in your VGA, DVI and HDMI to it. So you can plug in your laptop. Finally get a separate good quality Conference room phone. Loud and crisp enough to hear from, and able to pick up with what you are saying clearly.

      These things look cool, but rarely ever utilized.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Translation: "I've never been to a company that did a lot of video conferences therefore no one else does that at their company, so no one would ever purchase these. . . "

        DUde, calm the fuck down, there are ashit ton of companies that have a bunch of the Surface Hub1. If you are a primarily Skype 4 Bus for your unified coms telephony platform, then most likely you've got at least one of these in each of your offices.

        • by jezwel ( 2451108 )
          We're moving to S4B very soon, however we're not using these things. A normal HDTV, plus special S4B phones (with video conferencing camera and cordless microphones) that can accept and attend calendar invites is working pretty well so far. These might be wanted when we've completed the voice migration, I wouldn't put it past a few people to order them.
    • Your check is in the mail.
    • Look, if you post AC they won't know to whom to make a check out to, this is shilling 101. You need some relatively unique userID at least, try using the MD5 hash of your favorite porno?

    • If anything, it's over-engineered. Two speakers, two cameras, two WiFi access points... redundancy is good, but only if money is no object.
  • by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Tuesday May 15, 2018 @12:51PM (#56615502)
    I have yet to see one much less use one since the launch 3 years ago so I don't know how common they are. I don't doubt that they might be in short supply but the last sales figures I got were 2 years ago: 2000 units [thurrott.com] That's hardly record shattering.
    • Your link says 100,000 units (2,000 customers at 50 units each). Still not a lot, but these overpriced TVs cost as much as some cars...

    • I have yet to see one much less use one since the launch 3 years ago so I don't know how common they are. I don't doubt that they might be in short supply but the last sales figures I got were 2 years ago: 2000 units [thurrott.com] That's hardly record shattering.

      no, just about everyone uses a 4k tv, a camera, some proprietary software whose best feature is a local guy to call when it breaks, and a polycom. Large corporations throw webex in there, which is nice for the guy who is working from home.

      Honestl

    • I used one at a large accounting firm in Georgia and again at a Bank in Delaware. It's nice kit when you have local and remote people joining a meeting. If the room is invited then you walk in, tap the screen to start the meeting, and the audio connects without having to dial out and enter a pin and all that. If you use it as a whiteboard you can email the output to yourself or everyone in the meeting easily too.

      For joining a meeting the learning curve is effectively zero. The other bits, whiteboarding

    • We do have one Surface Hub and using it as a collaborative drawing board is amazing. Not only because of the sharing capabilities, but I felt no delays when drawing (something I would expect when drawing on Windows).

      Whiteboards were not so popular in certain teams until they brought Surface Hub.

    • We use it. .... Mostly to show off fancy gear to prospective clients. Not for anything practical. It is fun to play with though.

  • by TheDarkener ( 198348 ) on Tuesday May 15, 2018 @01:07PM (#56615614) Homepage

    Slashdot editors need to remember journalism class. Next we'll see, "NVidia releases new drivers, and you won't guess what Linus did next!"

    • Next we'll see, "NVidia releases new drivers, and you won't guess what Linus did next!"

      No, given the topic the next headline will be "Make your surface hub calls work the first time, with this weird trick!"

      • My money's on "What is your NVidia video card spirit totem? Take this quiz to find out!"

        or

        "37 Weird things that happened to people who didn't use NVidia. Number 23 will SHOCK you!"

  • by turp182 ( 1020263 ) on Tuesday May 15, 2018 @01:16PM (#56615672) Journal

    We have a Surface Hub 1. We use it everyday. It's nice to be able to switch from whiteboard (which has cool features like auto-tables and auto-shapes) to our intranet/internet, maybe fire up Excel.

    The people we collaborate with don't have one, so we are missing out on some of the best features (other regional office).

    It's nice that anyone at the Hub can just walk up and interact with others using it.

    It's not perfect (horrible external keyboard/touch pad, we could use different hardware I imagine) but we've really enjoyed it. It's the first "collaborative" hardware that I've found effective. People have commented that it's nice to be able to see us as well.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...it's a 50.5-inch 4K display with a rotating mount.

    Are your sure it's really 4K? The previous generation specs only refer to 3840 horizontal resolution, i.e. UHD, not 4096.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Um, that is the very definition of 4k: 3840 × 2160.

  • The term "vapourware" was coined in relation to them... everything of theirs LOOKS great.. then people get their hands on it and find out it's absolute shite. (except their fanboys... who just don't know there are infinitely better options for every single M$ product.. most of them free.)
  • Yes, it's a piece of shit, but look how shiny it is!

    Yeah, sorry but no way would buy one of these. It has several fatal flaws (weight, price, built-in malware, etc) but the real killer for me is the fact that it's a Microsoft product. That means it comes with a whole host of unwanted 'features', starting with the OS.

    Looks like it would make an awesome cutting board, though.

  • We have dozens (literally) of SH1's in work and they are good as whiteboards but they're not compatible with anything other than Windows and they can't handle conference calls very well. It's a lot easier to use Hangouts or similar from individual machines. They're pretty good for lecture-style presentations where one person does all the talking but the inability to mute your own individual mic makes them awkward in other situations.

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