At its Windows 10 The Next Chapter event, Microsoft also introduced the Surface Hub, aimed at collaboration in the conference room. The firm is yet to give details on the device's price and availability. The Surface Hub is being looked at as one of the fruits of Microsoft's 2012 acquisition of Perceptive Pixel.
The Microsoft Surface Hub, to explain in simple terms, is a 84-inch display powered by an integrated Windows 10 computer. The 84-inch 4K display is also equipped with multi-touch and multi-pen support. Besides being used as a whiteboard in business meetings and presentations, the Surface Hub can be used as a video conference tool with dual cameras, mic arrays and speakers. The cameras also let the display activate when users step close to it.
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The Surface Hub also has a 'one-touch meetings' feature, allowing users to join and invite collaborators on video calls with a single tap. It will also allow users (including those video conferencing) to share slides or other information from different devices and the cloud. The various slides of the presentation along with annotations made during the meeting can be saved as images to Microsoft's OneNote application and emailed to participants later. After the meeting is over, users can tap on the button 'clear it' to reset the Surface Hub to its default state for the next meeting.
This new category of device by Microsoft also comes in a 55-inch display option. The firm has also optimised functions like Skype calling, OneNote for drawing, Office 365 and shortcuts to connect with a nearby Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft in its Windows 10 preview also took the opportunity to introduce its HoloLens Goggles with Windows Holographic UI. The headgear essentially overlays holograms on the real world and operate manipulative virtual objects. The firm further announced that all its Universal apps can work as holograms. Also, no connection with smartphones or PC is needed to operate the device.