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

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Microsoft has announced that it'll begin testing the device this year with select commercial customers, but that it will not be available for purchase until 2019. If you'd like to get your hands on a Surface Hub 2 before then, however, Microsoft will be showing off the new whiteboard at select, now unannounced preview events later this year. That aspect ratio is much taller than what you find on a TV or most projectors, which makes it appear more natural when you use the Surface Hub's rotating wall mount to pivot it to portrait mode. In that video from 2015, Microsoft also showed users pushing and pulling content from a centralized hub to their individual PCs and other handheld devices with a flick-like gesture.

Microsoft's also introducing a new "tiling" experience with the Surface Hub 2.

Microsoft isn't yet disclosing pricing, but Seiler said it would be "in line with similar competitive devices".

And Microsoft loves their hinges and this device is no different, it can now rotate 90 degrees.

What this means to you: Like the original Surface Hub, don't expect to pick up the Surface Hub 2 from your local electronics store.

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The product provides access to Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud.

This is the second-generation of the Surface Hub, and it looks like it jumped from the 20th to the 21st-century in just three years. Four of the massive screens can even be linked together. The original Surface Hub advanced this mission, making it possible to join a meeting or open a whiteboard with one touch. Instead, he says the Surface Hub 2 is easier to move around in your workplace thanks to a collaboration with Steelcase. The one on the Surface Hub 2 takes some cues from those on Surface Studio and Surface Book, said Seiler, but is still unique, as it is designed for "dynamic rotation".

Microsoft also promises that Surface Hub 2 will support multi-user sign in, so multiple people can authenticate in the same workspace and simultaneously share their documents. Can be used in either landscape or portrait mode. The whole idea of a Surface Hub was to make collaboration and videoconferencing much more efficient.

Microsoft today announced the successor to its high-end Surface Hub whiteboard, the Surface Hub 2.

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