Microsoft shows new big-screen Windows Collaboration Displays for conference room computing


A Windows Collaboration Display from Sharp. (Microsoft Photo)

Microsoft is expanding its big-screen computing initiatives beyond its own Surface Hub, partnering with hardware makers to release a new line of third-party displays.

Details were scant as Microsoft unveiled the devices at the Computex conference in Taiwan on Tuesday, but the company said the new category of devices called Windows Collaboration Displays are meant to allow people to use tools like Office, Teams and Whiteboard at “room scale.”

The devices include built-in sensors that can connect to “Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities.” Microsoft gave an example of facility managers using the device to get environmental data to make real-time decisions.

Microsoft said a variety of Windows Collaboration Displays from partners Sharp and Avocor will be released later this year. Pricing information and specs for the devices were not immediately available.

This is the second big unveiling of a large scale device from Microsoft in the last few weeks. Last month the company showed off the second generation of the Surface Hub, with a signature ability to “tile” up to four of the massive computers together.

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