Microsoft Reinvents the Traditional Whiteboard
The Surface Hub digital screen allows distributed teams to actively participate in business meetings
Microsoft revealed The Surface Hub, a digital whiteboard and modern conference room experience for businesses. The interactive 84-inch, Windows-powered 4K HDTV will bridge boundaries for remote teams and offer enhanced opportunities for collaboration through its Bluetooth connectivity and touchscreen surface.
A large scale version of its Surface tablet line, the new product includes built-in microphones, cameras, and sensors, meaning the screen can immediately detect when a person walks up to it. A team can sketch ideas freely using a stylus pen and touch display, with the option to move 3D images around on the screen. The whiteboard can also display presentations, graphs and digital content while employees simultaneously interact with the screen.
Microsoft’s digital note-taking application OneNote powers the whiteboard so employees can sync up and share notes from anywhere, such as across timezones and work environments. With Wi-Fi connectivity, participants from afar can easily dial into meetings using Skype for Business. After a meeting, presentation materials and other content can be uploaded to the app or sent via email to attendees.
The Surface Hub demonstrates the future of the workspace, promoting new opportunities to enhance productivity and collaboration between employees.