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Microsoft has shaken up its plans for the Surface Hub 2.


Surface Hub 2 Intro video.

Microsoft’s unveiling of the Surface Hub 2 in May this year provoked a very positive reaction. So much so that the company says it’s going to shake up its plans with a staggered launch.

The Surface Hub 2 as originally envisaged is a 50.5-inch 4K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a webcam, and a touchscreen. It builds on the existing Surface Hub in a couple of key areas: the whole screen can rotate to be used in either orientation; multiple devices can be tiled together to build a giant screen that operates as one; and its software will support multiple user accounts.

That’s still ultimately the plan, but the way it’s going to be delivered is a little more complicated. In the second quarter of 2019, Microsoft will release the Surface Hub 2S. That offers the new display and form factor but running the current Surface Hub software—meaning no rotation, no tiling, and no multiuser. It’s essentially a sleeker, faster versi

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