The Surface Hub 2 is a forthcoming update to Microsoft’s original conference room PC screen device, The Surface Hub. According to Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft, the new device was designed from the ground up to be used by teams . It has a 4K+ 50.5 inch multi-touch display, which Panay says can be used as a canvas to co-create, harnessing the power of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud. “The 4K cameras that rotate with the device, integrated speakers and far field mic arrays allow everyone in the meeting to feel as if they are right in the room with the rest of the group, while our standard Surface 3×2 aspect ratio means everyone has more usable space to create and collaborate,” Panay wrote in a recent Microsoft blog post.
Microsoft showcased its vision for an intelligent conference room during the Build 2018 conference in May. The demo showed how a dedicated conference room PC running Microsoft Teams, powered by its Cortana intelligent agent and a camera, could listen in on an office meeting, identify participants and interactively transcribe the meeting, as well as provide documents and book follow-up meetings based on the conversation.