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Sep242018

Microsoft to Ship Surface Hub 2 in Q2 2019 and Software Update in 2020

Surface Hub 2 conferencing system designed to help businesses unlock the full potential of collaborative work will ship in two phases, the new hardware will become available in Q2 2019, while the new system software in 2020.

The new Surface Hub 2 rollout plan also includes two new offerings in the Surface Hub family with Microsoft introducing “Surface Hub 2S” and “Surface Hub 2X.”

Surface Hub 2 is now more gorgeous, lighter and sleeker paired with elegant steel mobile stands as well as easier to install as a TV on a wall.

Microsoft is designating this as Surface Hub 2S.

This will be a 50.5-inch, 4K-plus multi-touch system, improved microphones, speakers, 4K camera, and true to scale video calling.

Workers using Surface Hub 2 to collaborate

Surface Hub 2S will be deployed as either on-premise or in a hybrid environment, so customers can keep their standardized software experiences.

Businesses will also have Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business in addition to new Microsoft Whiteboard app with the added benefit of intelligent ink, ability to find people, built-in Bing search, image stacks, and more.

Surface Hub 2’s robust whiteboard experience also let users share their whiteboard across Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices.

Surface Hub 2S and will begin shipping.

A look at the Microsoft Surface Hub 2:

Microsoft Surface Hub 2S

Starting in 2020, Microsoft will update the Surface Hub 2 hardware with a system refresh that will enable customers to update to Surface Hub 2X.

This module will offer a number of new features like the ability to tile, rotate, and enable multi-user to log in.

This update is possible through by the removable processor cartridges in an easily accessible hardware chassis on the back of the Surface Hub 2.

“This processor cartridge can be removed, upgraded and serviced over time,” said Microsoft.

The cartridge will let customers make a switch to the Microsoft 365 powered Surface Hub 2X in 2020.

That said, the 2X will run Microsoft 365, a bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Management + Security.