It’s now been more than two months since Microsoft started shipping the Surface Hub team collaboration device, and the interactive whiteboard has already received some live exposure by a local Seattle TV network who relies on it for data visualization. But if you don’t know yet how the enterprise-focused collaboration device can help companies increase group productivity, Microsoft has just posted five new videos on the Surface YouTube channel to showcase different Surface Hub use cases (via MSPoweruser).
The first video is a demo of the Surface Hub Whiteboard, which allows coworkers to write ideas, use pan and zoom gestures and share their work with others.
In the second video is a Power BI demo, a tool that makes it possible to transform a company’s data into rich visuals that employees can collect and organize for “data-driven storytelling.” And it’s still possible to annotate charts, just like you can in the above Whiteboard app.
The next video is about Skype for Business: with its array microphones and dual cameras, the Surface Hub is Skype or Business certified and allow teams to easily use the messaging and video conferencing capabilities while simultaneously creating content on the giant touchscreen.
In the following video, Microsoft is showing a demo of MURAL, a (paid) app designed to help creative teams sort ideas spatially, collaborate in real time, and “become better design thinkers.”
The last video is about JT2Go for Windows 10, another paid app developed by Siemens PLM Software that allows designers to work on 3D JT files. Microsoft adds that “users will experience an intuitive interface for navigating assembly structures found in engineering or architectural models stored as 3D JT.”
All these videos makes it clear that the Surface Hub is very versatile device and seeing touch-optimized apps being used on such a big screen is quite amazing. As a reminder, the Surface Hub runs an optimized version of Windows 10 and in addition to the built-in apps such as Office, OneNote and Skype for Business, customers can also download third-party apps from the Windows 10 store as well as connect apps from their personal devices. Let us know in the comments what do you think of these different use cases.Further reading: Microsoft, Power BI, Skype for Business, Surface, Surface Hub