Microsoft Surface Hub to launch in Canada on its birthday

Microsoft today announced that the Surface Hub will be launched in Canada July 1.

The large touch-enabled collaboration screen with Skype integration was first unveiled at Microsoft’s Windows 10 event back in January.  At the time, it was arguably overshadowed by other demos, including that of Cortana, the Microsoft HoloLens and the announcement that that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade.

The Surface Hub, with a 55-inch configuration featuring fourth-gen Intel Core i5, and an 84-inch configuration with Intel Core i7 and NVidia discrete graphics are priced $8,949 and $25,569 respectively.

According to Microsoft, the Windows 10 device will have access to Skype for Business, Office, OneNote as well as Windows Universal apps.

“The unique experience is designed to be just as engaging for people working together in the same room as for those connecting remotely,” the company said in a statement.

It also directed customers to seek out authorized resellers in their region.

“A variety of companies are embracing Surface Hub, including distributors… like ALSO, Ingram Micro Inc., Synnex Corp., Tech Data and TD Maverick, and strategic resellers like Atea, AVI-SPL, Bechtle, CSI Collaboration Solutions, Inmac, Insight, Kelway, Misco, PCM, Red Thread, Telstra and Whitlock,” the company said.  “Microsoft is working closely with a set of strategic partners to make it easy for businesses to deploy Surface Hub into their organizations.”

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