Microsoft Surface Hub Release Delayed Till January 2016
Microsoft Surface Hub, the $20,000 interactive whiteboard, is delayed till January 2016. The new device which was scheduled to be released this September will not be shipping before January next year.
Microsoft has previously announced that the high demand for the Surface Hub will make them ship the product a bit late.
The delay in the shipping of Microsoft Surface Hub was previously mentioned in their blog. Surface General Manager Brian Hall wrote, “Based on the early interest we see, we’re tuning our manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale,” adding, “To do this, we are adjusting our product roll-out schedule to ensure we deliver a great customer experience and set our partners up for success.”
As per the August 12 update on the same blog, the shipping will begin in January 2016. The pre-order has started July 1. The price ranges from $6,999 for 55 inches to $19,999 for the 84-inch Surface Hub.
The new device provides a wide surface for collaboration within the team with Skype for Business, Office, OneNote, and Universal Windows integration. The touchscreen whiteboard features 1080p front video camera and microphone that eliminate background noise.
The total package comes with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a handful of ports for wired and wireless connectivity. It can replace your display, projector, audio-video conference system, wireless receiver and whiteboard at one go.
Mike Angiulo corporate vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group mentioned, “Built in sensors help the device to wake up when you’re near and track your movement so cameras can follow you.” He also added, “Meetings start instantly with a single touch. Meeting participants can share content wirelessly from Miracast capable devices, making meetings engaging and productive.”