Article Microsoft Surface Hub 2S Enables Seamless Collaboration for Remote Teams
By Insight UK / 24 May 2019
By Insight UK / 24 May 2019
One of the goals of Digital Transformation is to allow employees to work and collaborate wherever they are on the device of their choice. Driving productivity and making employees more satisfied enables organisations to be more efficient and agile.
Advances in cloud and mobile technologies have facilitated a shift, but arranging team meetings with remote workers can still be difficult. The issue of physical separation is an obvious challenge, but conflicting technologies, differing security standards and complicated systems also stifle communication and fail to inspire confidence among remote workers.
The all-in-one Microsoft Surface Hub 2S alleviates many of these pain-points by combining state-of-the-art hardware with native support for powerful productivity tools, to enable fluid collaboration regardless of location.
In terms of specifications, the Surface Hub 2S is a significant leap forward from previous generations. It comes with a powerful Intel 8th Generation Processor, but Microsoft hasn’t included technology for technology’s sake. Every innovation is designed to make communication and collaboration seamless, to the point that you don’t even notice the technology.
Thanks to a 40% reduction in weight to 28kg and when paired with the Steelcase Roam Mobile Stand and APC Charge Mobile Battery, the Surface Hub 2S is now more mobile than ever. Teamwork can take place in any location you wish, so if you feel like taking the meeting out of the meeting room and into the canteen, you can.
The 4K+ display boasts anti-glare technology and is future-proof for ten years, while advanced camera technology, four far-field microphones and crystal-clear speakers enable clear audio and video.
Combined with touchscreen controls and support for the Surface Hub 2 pen, these features allow for natural, fluid collaboration – especially with the updated Microsoft Whiteboard application. Whiteboard now boasts real-time intelligent inking capabilities and the ability to easily capture a picture of a physical whiteboard and convert it into digital ink.
Thanks to integrated support for Office 365 applications, groups can hold virtual meetings regardless of location using Microsoft Teams, with individual members able to brainstorm in real-time no matter where they are.
The combination of Surface Hub 2S hardware and Microsoft’s productivity tools blur the lines between physical and digital collaboration to help fulfil the promise of the connected workforce.
And there’s more to come. Technology never stands still, and the Surface Hub is no exception. The Surface Hub 2X will deliver fully integrated Microsoft Teams and the ability to rotate the system by 360-degrees, giving organisations greater flexibility with how they install and use Surface Hub in the workplace.
But the Surface Hub 2S will continue to receive software updates and new features, including Teams integration, meaning organisations can be assured that any investment is futureproofed.
Any Surface Hub device receives the full backing of Microsoft’s commitment to collaboration and innovation.
The Surface Hub 2S is designed to be easy-to-use, however organisations might need some help in realising the full the potential of what is a transformative technology. Insight can help maximise investments by optimising deployment and identifying potential use cases.
Insight’s discovery workshops identify your organisation’s requirements and our planning services ensure your network infrastructure and applications are optimised for Surface Hub 2S. We will physically install the devices and configure the hardware and software, so you are ready to go.
We offer training to elected “super-users” who can help spread knowledge throughout the organisation, while Insight’s managed support services ease the maintenance burden on your IT department after deployment. We monitor the health of each Surface Hub 2S and offer technical support if there is an issue that needs resolving.
Our end-to-end approach ensures that nothing stifles collaboration within your organisation and that you achieve the maximum return on investment. The combination of Microsoft Surface Hub 2S, Office 365 and Insight ensures you receive the best-in-breed technology, software and support to enhance your collaborative capabilities.
Learn more about Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2