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Surface Hub Shipments ‘Exceed’ Microsoft Expectations

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It’s late and expensive but Microsoft is reportedly happy with the performance of Surface Hub

Microsoft’s Surface Hub is doing better than expected, the company has reportedly claimed, and is increasing production to cope with demand for the giant Windows 10 tablets.

The 55-inch and 84-inch devices were first shown off in January 2015, but shipping has been delayed twice with Microsoft stating it needed to take the “right steps” to ensure the Surface Hub was a success.

They’re not cheap either. The smaller system starts at $8,999 and the larger one costs an eye watering $21,999. But this hasn’t deterred buyers.

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Microsoft Surface Hub sales

Microsoft_Surface-Hub-4153_A“Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial forecasts, “ a Microsoft spokesperson is quoted as saying by Petri.

“To date, we’ve shipped to over 500 customers worldwide and that number continues to grow. We are ramping up production to meet this strong demand via our partner reseller channel as soon as possible.

“Customers are encouraged to speak with their sales representative if interested in ordering Surface Hubs.”

TechWeekEurope has contacted Microsoft for more details.

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The Surface Hub is intended to be a collaborative system for the workplace and in education, replacing traditional whiteboards. It can also do teleconferencing with Skype for Business and supports interactive functions in Office 2016.

It can detect 100 points of multitouch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs. It has dual 1080p front-facing video cameras, and a four-element microphone array that detects and follows voices to eliminate background noise during videoconferencing sessions.

There is also built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a variety of ports for easy wired and wireless connectivity options, allowing devices to share content to the screen.

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