Computex 2018, one of the world’s biggest computer and technology trade shows, has kicked-off in Taipei and major companies have made new announcements related to their products and features. Technology behemoth Microsoft has unveiled its high-resolution Windows Collaboration Display - a hardware platform that is basically a conference room display.
The Windows Collaboration Display reminds of Microsoft’s Surface Hubs but is “a non-compute peripheral extending the PC desktop experience to room scale,” as per Microsoft. Compatible with Windows 10 PCs, the display is built around Microsoft 365 tools and is designed to work with Microsoft’s software such as Office, Whiteboard and Teams. It comes with in-built sensors which utilise Microsoft’s Azure IoT spatial intelligence features. The system fundamentally uses room measurements to build adaptive models. “For example,” Microsoft says, “in an office environment spatial intelligence can enable better management of heating, cooling, and room-booking systems based on how the space is actually used.” The new display is an effort to improve the business meeting rooms experience and make conferencing smarter as they offer a host of new features compared to the regular TVs and projectors used by companies.
The various features that the display comes with include support for Cortana, multi-touch and pen input. For video-conferencing purposes, it has been equipped with a camera, stereo speakers and far-field microphones.
The company won’t be manufacturing the displays on its own but has signed agreements with some third-party hardware manufacturers like Sharp and touchscreen display maker Avocor to build Windows Collaboration Displays.
The products will hit the markets sometime later this year. As far as the price is concerned, Microsoft has promised “low price points,” which may mean that it will come in under $9,000, which is the starting price of the Surface Hub.