Windows Collaboration Displays are some of the most intriguing bits produced by Microsoft’s Computex keynote today. The company hasn’t released a whole lot of information regarding the hardware platform just yet. At first peek, they seem to be parallel to Microsoft’s own Surface Hub digital whiteboard offering, but are, in-fact, “a non-compute peripheral extending the PC desktop experience to room scale,” according to the company. In simpler words, they work more along the lines of a large display, rather than an individual unit.
The system is assembled around Microsoft 365 tools and destined to work with the company’s software offerings like Office, Teams and Whiteboard. Sensors on the board utilize the company’s Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities.
“For example,” the company explains, “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.”
Microsoft has already signed up a couple of third-party hardware manufacturers to build Collaboration Displays, including Sharp (pictured above) and touchscreen display maker, Avocor. The systems will feature both touchscreen and pen inputs, stereo speakers, a camera and a far-field microphone system.
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