People who pre-ordered the Surface Hub from Microsoft were notified Wednesday that their mega-display and conference room collaboration tool won’t arrive until 2016, at least four months after Microsoft originally planned.
Pre-orders for the Surface Hub, which is a massive touch-sensitive and camera-equipped display designed to help people work together in an office and across the Web, opened July 1. Following strong demand for the devices, Microsoft said two weeks later that it would be reworking its manufacturing processes to keep up with interest, and would have to delay the devices’ roll-out. Wednesday’s announcement means companies that planned to install the devices know when to expect their new hardware.
“Surface Hub devices will begin shipping on January 1, 2016,” the company said in a blog post.
The device can run a variety of applications tailored for workplace collaboration like PowerPoint and a version of Skype for Business. It’s designed to reinvent the process of holding meetings by bringing in digital content that can then be shared with users both during and after a workplace get-together. Microsoft has been pushing hard to improve workplace collaboration with its new software projects, including Office 2016, which allows users to work together on documents in real time through new desktop apps.
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SOURCE: PC World, Blair Hanley Frank