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Microsoft's Surface Hub inspired new 'Windows Collaboration Displays' for business

Following in the footsteps of the Surface Hub – and soon the Surface Hub 2 – Microsoft's partners are now getting into the large Windows PC business. At Computex, Microsoft announced the new category as "Windows Collaboration Displays," which will continue to empower employees and offices around the world.

Sharp and Avocore are just two of the initial manufacturers getting into the Windows Collaboration Display business later this year. Like Surface Hub, these larger than life screens let employees and creators leverage "Office, Teams, and Whiteboard at room scale" and are powered by Microsoft 365 – which includes Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Not much is known about the features of these first-gen Windows Collaboration Displays, but the one from Sharp (seen in the lead image) is 70-inches and features a larger, high-resolution conference camera.

The news follows Microsoft's earlier announcement this spring of the Surface Hub 2 coming in late 2018 as an early preview to some companies, with a broader release in 2019. While pricing is uncertain for the Surface Hub 2 Microsoft's partners are expected to fill in the gaps with differing price points, sizes, features, and more extensive global reach into differing markets.

Other companies are expected to launch similar products later in 2019. Lenovo and others are also continuing on the smaller scale with Skype-powered conference speakers and other collaborative tools built around Microsoft's latest services and enterprise security tools.

Intelligent Edge and ubiquitous computing community

Besides the Windows Collaboration Display device category Microsoft also touted advanced in the Intelligent Edge, AI, ubiquitous computing, Microsoft 365, multi-device and multi-sense experiences at Computex. The theme is a familiar one that was featured at Microsoft's recent Build developer conference.

To help the process along, Microsoft is also announcing a new community-focused approach to growing the intelligent edge which will "help partners connect with one another to identify opportunities to collaborate on technology innovation and achieve shared business goals. In addition, community members will be able to participate in training and community events and can participate in early adopter programs that provide access to documentation, specs, OS builds and certification details" according to Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President, Consumer and Device Sales at Microsoft.

Partners can sign up at Microsoft.com/intelligentedge to get started.

Full details and more information about Microsoft IoT and Azure can be found on the Microsoft blog.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

20 Comments
  • Why only Businesses?
    I see many applications, starting with DnD, ending with family planning (which right now we do with my old Surface 3 with a self-built frame hanging in the kitchen).
  • Perhaps in the end they'll come to homes but the price tag is probably for business only now... My 2 cents.
  • I think that's a better way to position the product right now. Maybe it can replace TV at home later 😊
  • 🤞🏼
  • Because it's too niche for consumers right now, especially the price. I think if prices go down and it also double as a tv that you can also do all those other things you mentioned, then it would be more of a consumer device. I agree and can also see many use cases as you have described, but that's because we are tech geeks lol.
  • So this will have the Surface Hub Shell Running Windows Core OS?
  • Windows 10 Surface Hub edition
  • Nope. "Windows 10 built for Surface Hub". That is the moniker
  • pah, close enough 😊
  • 'Besides the Windows Collaboration Display device category Microsoft also touted advanced in the Intelligent Edge, AI, ubiquitous computing, Microsoft 365, multi-device and multi-sense experiences at Computex.' Not sure that reads correctly?
  • How many people read this site in the hope that they will find out about a product that they will likely never use or be interested in?
  • Taking a wild guess here that the majority of our audience are either (1) employed or (2) wanting to be employed. If so, there is possibly a segment of those users who use Microsoft products (MS365) in the office and either have these things or want these things. Another way of putting it is consumers don't drive everything.
  • When you say the 'employed' you cant really be meaning the entire workforce? This product will be limited to a few select enterprises and tech companies, not your small to medium business, who can neither afford, nor actually find a use case for this.
  • Yep; most of my interest in Windows stuff has to do with software and devices for work. Even with Windows Phone, which I loved as a consumer, I was drawn to its superior Office experience for work. The tipping point for me switching away from Windows Phone was actually my company adopting G Suite, which worked much better with Android and iOS.
  • weird criteria
  • I'm the main tech person where I work. Despite the head executives being 70+ years old and totally against any digital innovations I know eventually things will change. Something like this could be very beneficial to our organization and I'm glad to see it being covered.
  • That's most of the people here. We just find this stuff cool and interesting. Many of the readers here will keep their phone for 1-2 years, their laptop for 2-5 years and their gaming console for even longer; yet they keep on reading about all of these new devices.
  • I'd love to see the Surface Hub 2 software made available for DIYers.
  • Good idea!!!! ASAP
  • Really want something like this, as a small business, cant justify the large cost of a Surface Hub.