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3/20/2015
01:05 PM

Microsoft Surface Hub Is Big On Collaboration

Microsoft's Surface Hub aims to do for collaboration what the Surface does for personal productivity.
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Multiple cameras on the Surface Pro allow remote participants to see both people at the conference table and those writing on the board.(Image: courtesy of Microsoft)

Multiple cameras on the Surface Pro allow remote participants to see both people at the conference table and those writing on the board.

(Image: courtesy of Microsoft)

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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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3/23/2015 | 8:20:08 PM
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In that rush to put a portfolio out on the market, I wonder if speed will trump quality. Hopefully, this is a sign of positive things to come in the collaboration space.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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3/23/2015 | 4:54:42 PM
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Good point @jagibbons. I think there is a consensus that the enterprise requires a brand with a complete range of products that can enable collaboration and productivity. However, creating and delivering the product range seems to be complicated. Microsoft's current Surface Hub is a good attempt. Similarly, Cisco's DX80 can also be viewed as an attempt to cater for the collaborative and productive ecosystem of the enterprise. 
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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3/23/2015 | 4:26:52 PM
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SachinEE, agreed. I am all for communication and collaboration because, it is easier to pick up skills and tools in a group environment than for instance, discover fire in isolation. If text can prove to be a good means to an end, it is good, audio, video and visualization, etc., are also acceptable. There is no reason for drawings to be excluded. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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3/23/2015 | 12:11:53 PM
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I agree on the possible confusion around the name "Surface," but I also understand Microsoft's desire to turn that into a brand, not just a single family of similar products.

This is the logical next step in seamlessness from the education-centric Smartboards. You could piece together all the functionality, but this is where it seems to come together in an intuitive way. Hopefully, this drives productivity rather than killing it due to the novelty factor.
Kelly22
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3/23/2015 | 10:05:29 AM
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@SunitaT0 I also see this becoming a great tool for group collaboration. Interesting to hear Curt's firsthand use of it, too. It's cool that the interface can distinguish between hands and digital equipment - I'd like to give this a try myself!
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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3/23/2015 | 8:29:14 AM
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@Brian.Dean: At so many levels this is perfectly logical. Drawing boards and last minute powerpoint presentations have to be done away with. If people took a more creative and soothing(come on, it doesn't need you to prepare powerpoint presentation the night before, you can draw things) way of telling others something then that would up the concentration level. 
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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3/23/2015 | 8:26:44 AM
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@SunitaT0: Let's not hope that happens. I am a lead in a project and I want people to understand it and get to work as soon as possible, not linger around the room trying to "connect" with the Hub.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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3/21/2015 | 3:01:51 PM
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"The Surface hub is a good addition for the collaborative team. On one level I agree with the name of the product because it seems to have a similar feel to a tablet (a very large tablet with open access). However, on another level, when I saw the title of "Microsoft Surface Hub" I assumed that the article would be discussing some sort of a docking station for the Surface Pro."

This is going to be some awesome technology for boardroom discussions. With so many nice things to work on, employees may not want to leave the interactive meetings.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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3/20/2015 | 2:58:36 PM
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The Surface hub is a good addition for the collaborative team. On one level I agree with the name of the product because it seems to have a similar feel to a tablet (a very large tablet with open access). However, on another level, when I saw the title of "Microsoft Surface Hub" I assumed that the article would be discussing some sort of a docking station for the Surface Pro.
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