Microsoft launches its Floor Hub 2S collaborative PC for $9,000

Final yr, Microsoft introduced the successor to its Floor Hub—the Floor Hub 2S, a 50-inch whiteboarding PC that might be mounted on a wall and even rolled from room to room. On Wednesday, the corporate formally launched that product, and introduced a bigger, 85-inch mannequin due later this yr, in addition to a separate Floor Hub 2 Show monitor.

Don’t count on the Floor Hub 2S to grace your lounge or house workplace, nonetheless, as Microsoft has priced 50-inch 2S show at $9,000. Microsoft sees the 2S as a collaborative workspace, working Groups, Workplace 365, its Whiteboard app, and different Microsoft software program. Microsoft launched the Floor Hub 2S on Wednesday at the side of Steelcase, which is manufacturing the rolling easel that makes the Floor Hub 2S semi-portable—there’s even an optionally available battery attachment. The easel (together with the 2S) will start delivery in June.

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Little seems to have modified for the reason that 2S was initially introduced: There’s nonetheless a 4K digital camera to enhance the sweeping sheet of glass upon which distant customers can both seem in little home windows, or in a full-sized approximation of their real-life selves. The display screen itself is multi-touch enabled, and ships with a big, thick stylus that may be magnetically hooked up to the aspect of the display screen.

From a efficiency standpoint, the Floor Hub 2S provides 50 p.c extra graphics efficiency than the unique Floor Hub. It’s additionally 40 p.c lighter at 61.6 kilos, with a 60 p.c thinner show. (It measures 29.2 x 43.2 x 3.zero inches, Microsoft says.) It’s powered by an undisclosed quad-core Eighth-generation Intel Core chip, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a UHD Graphics 620 GPU, based on Microsoft’s specs web page. 

What’s fascinating in regards to the Floor Hub 2’s design is that it contains a modular compute hub that may be eliminated, and, conceivably, upgraded. The Floor Hub 2S will finally get replaced by the Floor Hub 2X “expertise,” a compute hub with upgraded {hardware} that’s anticipated to point out off an improve to Home windows. Microsoft stated final yr that it expects the 2X to ship in 2020.

Within the meantime, Microsoft says it’ll ship the bigger 85-inch model of the Floor Hub 2S in early 2020 to pick out clients. And although we’ve been pining for a standalone Floor Studio monitor, Microsoft at the very least is making a model of its Floor Hub 2S out there as a standalone show: The Floor Hub 2 Show will nonetheless characteristic contact help, however with out the CPU possibility. (Microsoft hasn’t stated what it’ll value, although, or its dimension.)

What this implies to you: Microsoft neatly realizes that there isn’t any one-size-fits-all method to collaboration, so it’s offering separate sizing choices and even a CPU-less show possibility for these corporations that merely wish to improve an current resolution. We nonetheless must see what the long run holds for the Floor Hub 2, although Microsoft is aggressively leveraging its different collaboration options to push the Floor Hub 2 into the office.

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