Microsoft Delays Surface Hub Delivery To Meet High Demand
Microsoft announced that it has delayed the September 1 shipping date of the Surface Hub. The technology company said the change in manufacturing was to meet high demand.
Microsoft said the decision comes in order to prepare for “production at a broader scale.” In the next few months, it plans to enhance the desktop surface tablet distribution from a few hundred to a few thousand internationally, as reported by PC World.
Surface General Manager Brian Hall wrote in a blog post, “Based on the early interest we see, we’re tuning our manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale.”
An updated schedule will be provided by Microsoft by the end of August.
The Surface Hub was announced in January. The device has a display of up to 84 inches designed for collaboration. With the displays priced at as much as $20,000, in addition to Microsoft’s announcement of increasing production, the company anticipates that the sales will be more enhanced that originally expected.
The Hub – shipped in two models; the 55-inch priced at $6,999 and 85-inch at $19,999 – has been available for pre-order since July 1.
According to PC Magazine, Surface Hub – which will run on Windows 10 – will have Skype for Business, Office, OneNote, and Universal Windows. It also flaunts a dual 1080p front facing video camera and microphone array. A built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and ports for wired and wireless connection round up the list of features.
There has been a “somewhat limited business channel” for Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 sales, Microsoft said. Both of these devices are selling at a clip of about a billion dollars per quarter. Through the Microsoft Partner Network Device Partner Portal, Microsoft is looking for more Surface partners.
“This expansion of our partnerships is directly related to our optimism for much broader success that will come with the release of Windows 10,” Microsoft said.
A free update of the new operating system will be available to members of the Windows Insider program beginning July 29. The same will be released to home and business customers in phases, as reported by The Register.
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